The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole strator Forel

termitophila group - Major - head longer than wide by at least 25%; mandibles very stout with dentate border and distinct apical teeth; clypeus with at least a shallow central notch; postpetiole with distinct lateral prominences; minor head square; major and minor with relatively swollen three-segmented club

Pheidole strator Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Eritrea (Pheidole strator n. sp., Forel, 1910c: 256, major & minor) - see below
subspecies
fugax (Pheidole strator Forel, race fugax, n. r., Arnold, 1920a: 449, illustrated, major & minor) from Mozambique - see below
tabida (Pheidole strator var. tabida n. var., Menozzi, 1933a: 102, major) from Uganda - see below
major & minor described (see Bolton, 1995, type location given as Ethiopia) .


{Pheidole strator}Forel's (1910c) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1920a) description of fugax is at {original description}. Menozzi's (1933a) description of tabida is at {original description}.


Pheidole strator majorThe photomontage of the type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907851.


{Pheidole strator minorThe photomontage of a type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907852.


{Pheidole strator major}The photomontage of a cotype major is collated from The Smithsonian Institute images at http://ripley.si.edu/ent/nmnhtypedb/public/specimeninfopage.cfm?publicconsumption=1&typespecimenID=943.


{Pheidole strator fugax minor}The photomontage of a fugax syntype minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0906528.


{Pheidole strator major}The photomontage of the type major of tabida is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0905861.


Oxford University Museum specimens - the Liberia minors may be termitophila

Pheidole strator
B Taylor det.

Tanzania
V Grebennikov

12-16.x.2002
Usambara Mts
505' S
3838' E
Amani NR HQ, 950 m
1
{album}
Pheidole strator
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa
PF 20
29.iii.2013
Nimba County
0733’38" N
0832’33" E
Pitfall trap
Degraded secondary forest
518 m asl
minor
1
{album}
Pheidole strator
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
PF 5
6.iv.2013
Nimba County
0733’04" N
0833’17" E
Pitfall trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl
minor
1
{album}

{Pheidole strator minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Tanzania, East Usambara Mts; Amani Nature Reserve, collector Vasily Grebennikov. This is an exact match for the fugax minor shown above and has the same colour as the tabida major.


{Pheidole strator minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Liberia, East Usambara Mts; Amani Nature Reserve, collector E Poiriet (Yekepa camp 4 PF 5).

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