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Monday, February 04, 2013

Pheidole sp

Pheidole, the big headed ants, is among one of the largest ant genus. Most are average size small ants with minor workers of around 2 millimeters to 3 millimeters. Pheidole species are usually dimorphic with a few species seeing several expressions in the major worker caste. Though a small number of Pheidole species are polymorphic, the majority of species are dimorphic. Most species of Pheidole ants are also polygynous but a few are monogynous.

This species of average size is unusual of the Pheidole genus in that the major also serves as replete. While this role is fairly common among the smaller species, in average size species this is more rare so.

Queen, major and minor workers and brood of Pheidole sp14.
Queen and major workers of Pheidole sp

Major worker with the extended gaster. While it is fairly common for small Pheidole species to have the major workers as replete, this is not as common among the larger species as it is in this case.

Major worker with the extended gaster.


Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp.
Queen and major workers of Pheidole sp

Gyne of Pheidole sp and a minor worker.
Gyne of Pheidole sp and a minor worker

Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp.
Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp

Major worker with the extended gaster.
Major workers with their extended gasters

Major workers with their extended gasters.
Major workers with their extended gasters

Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp.
Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp

Minor workers of Pheidole sp.
Minor workers of Pheidole sp

Gyne, major and minor workers of Pheidole sp.
Queen and major workers of Pheidole sp

Queen and major workers of Pheidole sp.
Queen and major workers of Pheidole sp



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
(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 02 13
First Posted: 2013 02 13
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