The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole cubangensis Forel new status

speculifera-group - major head with convex sides but distinctly widest posteriorly

Pheidole cubangensis Forel new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Pheidole crassinoda Emery, v. cubangensis n. var., Forel, 1901d: 306, major only; variety of speculifera, Forel, 1916: 413) from Cubanga-Cuito - see below.

Forel's (1901d) description of cubangensis is at {original description}.

{Pheidole cubangensis major}The photomontage of the type major worker is collated from

TL ca 9.5 mm, HL 2.83, HW 2.83, SL , PW 1.16, CI 100, SI 44.

Head cordiform in full face-view, strongly convex dorsum in lateral view; possibly due to damage, the mandibles have a wavy outer margin; pronotum wide and alitrunk quite stocky, deep metanotal groove with transverse rugae; head and alitrunk with dullish appearance, frons with fine striations reaching back to the occiput but very fine after the mid-point, occiput with minute dense spiculate ground sculpture.

2016 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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