Pheidole zelata

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Pheidole zelata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. zelata
Binomial name
Pheidole zelata
Wilson, 2003

The majors and minors in the type series were collected as foragers on the ground of rainforest. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -13.83333° to -30.84166667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • zelata. Pheidole zelata Wilson, 2003: 250, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


A member of the diligens group similar in various characters to Pheidole coffeicola, Pheidole gagates, Pheidole hoelldobleri, Pheidole insipida, Pheidole peregrina, Pheidole spilota and Pheidole venatrix, distinguished as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; propodeal spine long, narrow, needle-like; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa; pronotal dorsum, foveolate, its anterior fourth transversely carinulate; anterior face of propodeum seen in dorsal-oblique view drops precipitously to metanotum; a small convexity present in middle of pronotal dorsum.

Minor: propodeal spine thin, needle-like; space between eye and antennal fossa both foveolate and carinulate; rest of head smooth; all of mesosoma foveolate; pilosity on dorsal mesosomal border consists of evenly spaced pairs of setae.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.22, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.68, SL 0.90, EL 0.18, PW 0.42.

COLOR Major: light reddish yellow except for head anterior to eyes and appendages, which are plain yellow.

Minor: head and body light brown except head anterior to eyes and gaster, which are brownish yellow; antennae brownish yellow; rest of appendages plain yellow.

Pheidole zelata Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Type Locality Information

BOLIVIA: 35 km south-southeast of Flor de Oro, Santa Cruz, 13°50'S 60°52'W, 450 m, col. Philip S. Ward.


L zelata, ardent, enthusiastic.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.