Pheidole cerina

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

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Specimen Labels

The three known series come from litter samples taken in wet forest. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from Costa Rica.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 10.33333° to 9.8712602°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), Panama.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • cerina. Pheidole cerina Wilson, 2003: 395, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

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


A relatively large species for the flavens group, with yellow to brown major and minor. Similar to Pheidole amabilis of Costa Rica but differing in the major in the reduced propodeal spines, which point posteriorly (versus vertically in amabilis); in the well-developed mesonotal convexity, in the longer cephalic carinulae; in the more extensive carinulae of the pronotal dorsum; and in much longer antennal scapes of the minor (SL/HW 1.14, versus 1.0 in amabilis).

Pheidole cerina, in the major mesonotal convexity and longer minor scapes, appears intermediate between the flavens and punctatissima groups.

See also the less similar Pheidole grex, Pheidole mixteca and Pheidole morelosana.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.74, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.50, EL 0.06, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major: body, mandibles, and antennae concolorous reddish yellow, legs medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous light-medium yellow. I have also seen two dark series from the type locality, with medium brown bodies and yellow appendages.

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

Type Material

COSTA RICA: Rio Peñas Blancas, Alajuela, 10°19'N 84°43'W, 800 m, col. J. T. Longino. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L cerina, wax-colored, yellowish, referring to the color.


Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 395, fig. major, minor described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Longino J. T. L., and M. G. Branstetter. 2018. The truncated bell: an enigmatic but pervasive elevational diversity pattern in Middle American ants. Ecography 41: 1-12.
  • Longino J. T., and R. K. Colwell. 2011. Density compensation, species composition, and richness of ants on a neotropical elevational gradient. Ecosphere 2(3): 16pp.
  • Longino J. et al. ADMAC project. Accessed on March 24th 2017 at