The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidologeton
Pheidologeton diversus (Jerdon)

Pheidologeton diversus (Jerdon)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location India (Ocodoma Diversa, N.S.,Jerdon, 1851: 109, major & minor workers; Emery, 1893e: 212, queen & male) from the Wynaad, by Jerdon - no images on Antweb (December 2015)
draco (Santschi, 1920h: 163, major & minor workers & queen) from Vietnam - see
fictus (Forel, 1911d: 386, worker) from Vietnam - see
laotinus (Santschi, 1920h: 162, major & minor workers & queen) from Laos - see
macgregori (Wheeler, 1929g: 50, illustrated, worker) philippinus (Wheeler, 1929g: 46, all forms) from Philippines - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
tenuirugosus (Wheeler, 1929g: 44, major & minor workers) from Philippines - no images on Antweb (December 2014) - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
williamsi (Wheeler, 1929g: 49, major & minor workers & male) from Philippines - no images on Antweb (December 2015)
standfussi (Forel, 1911d: 386, worker; Wheeler, 1922, noted "locality extremely doubtful") from Guinea - no images on Antweb (December 2015)
taprobanae (F Smith, 1858b: 175, queen; Emery, 1901f: 119, major & minor workers) from Sri Lanka - queen
junior synonyms
megacephala (Smith, 1860b: 112, worker; junior synonym megacephalotes, Dalla Torre, 1892: 90) see
pabulator (F Smith, 1860b: 112, major & minor workers) - see
polita (F Smith, 1860b: 108, worker) from Indonesia - see
ocellifera (F Smith, 1858b: 174, worker) from Burma - see
Illustrated by Ettershank (1966), from Rangoon, Burma (see Bolton, 1995) .

Note: militaris (F Smith, 1860a: 74, major & minor workers) from Indonesia (Sulawesi) clearly is not a junior synonym - see major and minor
Bearing the label "O.taprobanae" is a major at and a minor at that are similar yellow forms.

{Pheidologeton diversus}Jerdon's (1851) description is at {original description}. Emery (1893e) gave an extensive description of all forms, this is at {original description}. Forel's (1911d) description of standfussi is at {original description}. Forel himself queried the location of the material as being "Guinea" (his description was in a section of the paper on ants of Molucca and Sumatra). He appears to have concluded that either the origin was a mislabelling or that the specimens were the worker of the, then, recently described Pheidologeton solitarius Stitz (1910, see below) known only from the female.

Bingham (1903) gave description of all the forms, these are at - workers - {original description} and sexuals - {original description}.

{Pheidologeton diversus major}Excellent illustrations can be seen on the Japanese Ant Color Image Database (shown right). The drawing is from Emery (1922f, Plate 4 Fig. 5).

TL major 15.64 mm; smallest minor 2.39 mm; head of major perhaps 500 times the volume of that of the minor.

The photomontage of a major is adapted from JACID site

{Pheidologeton diversus}The photomontage of a major worker in the BMNH is collated from

2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.