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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Pheidole sp

Most species of the Pheidole genus are dimorphic and it has been reported that less than one percent of this vast genus is trimorphic. There are six or seven known species of Pheidole that are trimorphic and these are mostly found in North America. All these known trimorphic species have two major worker expression namely the major and super major.

In this rare trimorphic species there are three morphological expression of the worker's caste. But most unusual is that beside the typical minor and major workers expression there is a median worker expression. The major workers are characterized by large gaster that are approximately the same size as their heads. This disproportionately large gaster is also in the median worker.


The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole sp(24) ant.

The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor, median and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The queen with major and minor workers and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The queen with major and minor workers and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant
The minor and major workers with a gyne and brood of a rare trimorphic species of Pheidole ant.

The major workers of this rare Pheidole species
The major workers of this rare Pheidole species.

The major and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species
The major and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species.

The major, median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species
The major, median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species.

The median, minor and major workers of this rare Pheidole species
The median, minor and major workers of this rare Pheidole species.

The median, minor and major workers of this rare Pheidole species
The median, minor and major workers of this rare Pheidole species.

The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers)
The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers).

The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers) and a larva
The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers).

Median workers of a rare trimorphic Pheidole species
The median worker of a rare trimorphic Pheidole ant species.

The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers) and a larva
The median and minor workers of this rare Pheidole species with pupae (of minor and median workers) and a larva.

The minor worker of this trimorphic Pheidole ant
The minor worker of this trimorphic Pheidole ant.



See also:
Pheidole genus
Pheidole sp7
Pheidole sp8
Pheidole sp9
Pheidole sp12
Pheidole sp15
Pheidole sp14
Pheidole longipes




Taxonomy
(no rank) Root 1
(Top Node) Cellular organism 131567
Superkingdom: Eukaryota 2759 [Domain]
(no rank) Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208
(no rank) Eumetazoa 6072
(no rank) Bilateria 33213
(no rank) Coelomata 33316
(no rank) Protosomia 33317
(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) Pterygota 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: 2016 02 17
First Posted: 2014 04 08
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