Pheidole peregrina

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Pheidole peregrina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. peregrina
Binomial name
Pheidole peregrina
Wheeler, W.M., 1916

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Type Label


On the type series, by Hermann von Ihering, as quoted by W. M. Wheeler (1916: 180–181): “One morning, while [Mr. Gaste, a local naturalist] was on the island of San Sebastian, he found a tree trunk that had floated to the shore during the night and was filled with a living ant-colony belonging to a species of Pheidole [peregrina Wheeler] unknown to me. San Sebastian is situated some kilometers off the coast of the mainland. Of course, we cannot say how long this log had been floating in the water before it reached the island.” It may be that peregrina, like the anatomically similar and widespread vafra, is a specialist in marginal habitats. The types of the synonymous Pheidole impariceps var. fusciclava were collected on another island in the same area, Ilha dos Alcatrazes. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from several localities in São Paulo state. (Wilson 2003)

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -21.9° to -24°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (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.

  • peregrina. Pheidole peregrina Wheeler, W.M. 1916l: 181 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL. Senior synonym of fusciclava, impariceps: Wilson, 2003: 214.
  • fusciclava. Pheidole impariceps var. fusciclava Santschi, 1923d: 48 (s.w.m.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of peregrina: Wilson, 2003: 214.
  • impariceps. Pheidole impariceps Santschi, 1923d: 47 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of peregrina: Wilson, 2003: 214.

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


From Wilson (2003): A small, yellow member of the diligens group whose major has posterior two-thirds of head capsule smooth and shiny, rugoreticulum present as a small patch just mesad to the eye, moderately abundant pilosity, and short equilaterally triangular propodeal spine in side view.

Similar to Pheidole blumenauensis, Pheidole laevifrons, Pheidole insipida, Pheidole rochai and Pheidole vafra, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as figured.

See also the somewhat less similar Pheidole lemur, Pheidole pubiventris, Pheidole seeldrayersi, Pheidole spilota, Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris), Pheidole venatrix and Pheidole zelata.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.06, SL 0.74, EL 0.14, PW 0.56. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.64, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.36.

COLOR Major: concolorous dark yellow.

Minor: head light brownish yellow, rest of head and appendages clear dark yellow.

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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Isla São Sebastião, São Paulo. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L peregrina, traveling, foreign. Referring to discovery of the type colony on a floating log. (Wilson 2003)


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Favretto M. A., E. Bortolon dos Santos, and C. J. Geuster. 2013. Entomofauna from West of Santa Catarina State, South of Brazil. EntomoBrasilis 6 (1): 42-63.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Rosa da Silva R. 1999. Formigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) do oeste de Santa Catarina: historico das coletas e lista atualizada das especies do Estado de Santa Catarina. Biotemas 12(2): 75-100.
  • Santschi F. 1923. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 63: 45-69.