The type colony was collected in montane rainforest. Winged queens were present on 28 July.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- pidax. Pheidole pidax Wilson, 2003: 732, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.
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DIAGNOSIS Sharing some traits with Pheidole guayasana, Pheidole rhytifera, Pheidole rosae, Pheidole rosula, Pheidole securigera, as well as others with some members of the flavens group, distinguished as follows.
Major: frontal lobes extended forward as blunt right-angular processes; shallow antennal scrobes present; propodeal spines half as long as basal propodeal face anterior to them; hypostoma 2-toothed; humerus in dorsal-oblique view very prominent, right-angular; carinulae originating on frontal lobes and seen in full-face view spread outward, away from the midline, for their entire length.
Minor: propodeal spines half as long as basal propodeal face and curved strongly backward; all of head, mesosoma, and petiole foveolate and opaque.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.24, HL 1.56, SL 0.62, EL 0.22, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.60, SL 0.62, EL 0.12, PW 0.38.
COLOR Major: body brownish yellow, appendages plain medium yellow.
Minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COLOMBIA: Queremal, Rio San Juan, Valle, 1300 m, col. William L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr pidax, fountain, referring to the spray-like pattern of the cephalic carinulae.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 732, fig. major, minor described)