Pheidole alticola

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

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.107757° to -4.1°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (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.

  • alticola. Pheidole alticola Wilson, 2003: 368, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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


A medium-sized, brown member of the flavens group with contrasting yellow legs. Very similar to Pheidole euryscopa , which occurs at the same locality, and especially in its large, forward-placed eye and curved, backward-directed propodeal spines, but differing in the major in important details of pronotal form and sculpturing, extent of smooth area at and forward of the occiput, and in color.

See also the less similar Pheidole albipes, Pheidole ebenina, Pheidole hazenae, Pheidole hedlundorum, Pheidole lustrata, Pheidole monteverdensis, Pheidole palenquensis and Pheidole servilia.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.84, HL 1.00, SL 0.48, EL 0.14, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.58, SL 0.50, EL 0.10, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major and minor: body medium brown, appendages dark yellow.

Pheidole alticola Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Parque Nacional Cuevas de las Guacheros, 10 km southeast of Palestina, 1900–2000 m, col. Charles Kugler and J. Hahn. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L alticola, dweller of high places, alluding to the type locality.