The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole escherichii Forel

megacephala-group - Major - head width and length equal or subequal; mandibles relatively slender, with at most reduced teeth or denticles; postpetiole trapezoidal but without elongated lateral prominences. Minors without or variable development of a nuchal collar.

megacephala-subgroup - TL > 3.3 mm

Pheidole escherichii Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Eritrea (Pheidole escherichii n. sp., Forel, 1910c: 254, major, minor & queen); major, minor and queen described (see Bolton, 1995, type location given as Ethiopia) .


Forel's (1910c) description is at {original description}.

The majors seem characterised by the open reticulate puncturation over most of the head; relatively long scapes; and abundant quite long erect pilosity.

The minors are characterised by a long oval head, with a raised margin to the antennal insertions; an impressed frontal notch; a fine but distinct nuchal collar; and generally abundant quite long erect pilosity.


{Pheidole escherichii major}The photomontage of a type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907821.


{Pheidole escherichii minor}The photomontage of a type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907822.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.


South Sudan
A Omer
S 1-9 & 1-10

2005-6
Adock
8.1833333 N
30.3166667 E
hand collected
2
{album}
Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.
Sudan
J Mathews
JM 334

3.x.2001
Kordofan
12°56' N
30°35' E
Rahad Research Area
pyrethrum fogging of Acacia senegal

1
{album}
Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.
Sudan
Awatif Omer
2013.02.29
2013
Abu Hijar
12˚52' N
34˚0' E
minor workers
3
{album}
Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.
Sudan
Awatif Omer
2014.13
Wad alaieiz
Sinjah
13˚09'0" N
33˚56'0" E
transect
minor worker
1

Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.
Sudan
Awatif Omer
2014.18
Wad alaieiz
Sinjah
13˚09'0" N
33˚56'0" E
transect
major worker
1

Pheidole escherichii
B Taylor det.
Ethiopia
ex Peter Hlavác
Harer in personal collection of Peter Hlavác
1
{album}

{Ph megacephala major}The photomontage is of a major from South Sudan, collector Awatif Omer.


{Pheidole escherichii major}The photomontage is of a major from Ethiopia, Harer, from Peter Hlavác.


{Ph megacephala major}The photomontage is of a minor from South Sudan, collector Awatif Omer. 


Pheidole escherichii minorThe photomontage is of a specimen from Sudan, Kordofan; collector J M Mathews (JM 334).

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