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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Pheidole sp

This ninth species of Pheidole (09) ant collected by me is a typical small species with the minor workers just over 2 millimeters. The soldiers of this particular species has a formidable squarish appearing head. But what is unusual about this species of small Pheidole ants is that the first thoracic segment have upward and forward pointing spines (thorns). In the majors these are more like shoulder horns but in the minor they are thin and pointed like needles.

A Pheidole ant minor worker.
A Pheidole ant minor worker

Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp. In some Pheidole species the soldiers have swollen and elongated gaster that are food store. In species this replete expression is not as pronounced as in others where the gaster is extended to over four times its empty state.
Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp

Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp.
Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp

Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp.
Minor workers and a major worker of Pheidole sp

The minor and major workers of Pheidole ant tending to the brood.
The minor and major workers of Pheidole ant tending to the brood.

Major and minor workers tending to the larvae.

Minor workers and a major of Pheidole sp.

Major workers of Pheidole ant.

Male alate and workers of Pheidole ants.

Male alate and workers of Pheidole ants.
Male alate and workers of Pheidole ants

Male alate and workers of Pheidole ants.
Male alate and workers of Pheidole ants

Gyne with major and minor workers

Queen of Pheidole sp with major and minor workers

Pheidole sp., queen, major and minor workers

Pheidole sp., queen, major and minor workers

Pheidole sp., queen, major and minor workers



See also:
Pheidole genus
Pheidole sp07
Pheidole sp08
Pheidole sp14
Pheidole longipes




Taxonomy:
Top Node: cellular organisms
Superkingdom: Eukayota 2759
Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208 (aka Animalia)
(No Rank): Eumetazoa 6072
(No Rank): Bilateria 33213
(No Rank): Protostomia 33317
(No Rank): Ecdysozoa 1206784
(No Rank):Panarthropoda 88770
Phylum: Arthropoda 6656
(No Rank): Mandibulata 197563
(No Rank): Pancrustacea 197562
Superclass: Hexapoda 6960
Class: Insecta 50557
(No Rank): Dicondylia 85512
(No Rank): Petrygota 7496
Subclass: Neoptera33340
Infraclass: Endopterygota 33392
Order: Hymenoptera 7399
(No Rank): Apocrita 7400
Suborder: Aculeata 7434
Superfamily: Vespoidea 34725
Family: Formicidae 36668
Subfamily: Myrmicinae 34695
Tribe: Pheidolini 144015
Genus: Pheidole 190769


Last Updated: 2013 10 06
First Posted: 2012 07 03
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