The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole hewitti Santschi

buchholzi-group - major head ovoid, widest at mid-point of length

Pheidole hewitti Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Pheidole hewitti n. sp., Santschi, 1932a: 382, illustrated, major & minor) Cape Province, Cossakpost, 1920, Hewitt - minor see below, no images of major on Antweb (November 2014). Also same specimens described as Pheidole capensis Mayr var. Hewitti n . var. (Arnold, 1944: 6, major & minor; junior synonym by Arnold, 1952a: 462)
major & minor described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Pheidole hewitti}Santschi's (1932a) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1944) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1952a) revisionary notes are at {original description}.

From Arnold's argument (1952a), it seemed that this should be reduced to a subspecies of Pheidole capensis. A comparison of the capensis type major images and the Santschi drawing suggest hewitti is a junior synonym of capensis. Assuming the colour of the Antweb type images is a true reproduction,  the hewitti minor is a dark brown as opposed to the yellow capensis.

Pheidole hewitti minorThe photomontage of the type minor worker is collated from

2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.