Pheidole cielana

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

Nothing is known about the biology of cielana.


See the description in the nomenclature section.


Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • cielana. Pheidole cielana Wilson, 2003: 275, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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 fallax group distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: medium-sized; reddish brown; median ocellus present; entire body covered by dense, erect to suberect hairs; scape approaches the occipital corner by less than its own width; extensive rugoreticula occur around the eyes and on the frontal lobes; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of mesonotal dorsum rugoreticulate.

Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque, and anterior half of median strip of first gastral tergite shagreened and opaque.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.96, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.74, SL 0.96, EL 0.16, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: body and most of head medium reddish brown, appendages and sides of head anterior to eye light reddish brown.

Minor: overall medium reddish brown, tarsi yellow.

Pheidole cielana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

MEXICO: Rancho Cielo, 17 km northwest of Gomez Farias, Tamaulipas, 1160 m, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Named after the type locality.