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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pheidologeton sp.

This is one of the smallest Pheidologeton species. The gyne or queen measured at only 15 millimiters. The workers ranged from 2 millimeters (minor workers) to 10 millimeters (super major workers). As is typical of the smaller Pheidologeton species the workers are not as aggressive as those of Pheidologeton diversus and Pheidologeton affinis.

Pheidologeton queen and nest.
Pheidologeton queen and nest

Once exposed the Pheidologeton queen is immediatedly swarmed by her workers who completely cover her.
Pheidologeton queen and nest

Once exposed the Pheidologeton queen is immediatedly swarmed by her workers who completely cover her. Pheidologetons are extremely protective of their queen.

Once exposed the Pheidologeton queen is immediatedly swarmed by her workers who completely cover her. Pheidologetons are extremely protective of their queen.
Exposed the Pheidologeton queen is immediatedly swarmed and completely covered by her workers

The Pheidologeton queen with her three month old nest.

The nest with the first super major worker just eclosed.
3 months old nest with the first super major worker just eclosed

Workers and brood of Pheidologeton.
Workers and brood of Pheidologeton

A newly eclosed super major worker.
Newly eclosed super major worker of Pheidologeton sp


Major workers and workers of Pheidologeton ants moving brood.
Major workers and workers of Pheidologeton ants moving brood

Workers of Pheidologeton ants moving the pupa of a super major worker.
Workers of Pheidologeton ants moving the pupa of a super major worker

Workers moving a large larvae.

Minor worker of Pheidologeton sp.
Minor worker of Pheidologeton sp


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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: Neoptera 33340
Infraclass: Endopterygota 33392
Order - Hymenoptera 7399
Suborder - Apocrita 7400
Infraorder - Aculeata 7434
Superfamily - Vespoidea 34725
Family - Formicidae 36668
Subfamily - Myrmicinae 34695
Tribe: Pheidologetonini 144016
Genus - Pheidologeton 297327


Last Updated: 2012 08 28
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2 comments:

  1. Any advice on people starting a colony of Pheidologeton? I live in Penang, and I know for sure there are some. I'm hoping I might be able to find a queen one day and start a colony.

    But I heard it's super hard to raise them due to humidity requirements and such. I was also wondering how the colony in the pictures got started?

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    1. If you have no experience with Pheidologeton it is best to start off using clay-type soil media to house the founding queen. The larger species (P. diversus and P. Affinis) are not as sensitive as the smaller species (P. silenus and P. pygmeaus). For the smaller species use a larger container and more soil. Keep the room temperature at around 30 deg C and the first workers should emerge in 30 to 40 days.

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