The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole n. sp. Gabon 143

variolosa-group - major head with restricted frontal striations and parallel-sided

Pheidole n. sp. Gabon 143

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Gabon (Pheidole ?, n. sp.) major & minor described.

Major: TL ca 7.8 mm, HL 2.60, HW 2.38, SL 1.43, PW 0.90; CI 91, SI 60, EI 0.1 (EL/HL); head elongated with weakly curved sides; whole head densely sculptured with striations for whole length, those on the front curving outward from base to apex, cross webbing and underlying spiculations between striations, clypeus with strong median carina and lateral carinae, mandibles striate; whole of alitrunk sculptured in irregular pattern, propodeal spines acute triangles pointing vertically upwards;  pedicale and gaster spiculate, postpetiole large and roughly triangular from above but without lateral processes; dark chestnut brown, with orange legs, mandible near black; short, quite coarse, orange erect hairs on head, postpetiole and gaster.

Minor: TL ca 4.7 mm, HL 1.15, HW 0.81, SL 1,35, PW 0.60; CI 72 SI 170;

Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole n sp Gabon 143
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 143

00°34' N
09°19' E
Riverine leaf litter; 72 h winkler funnel
major & minor workers
Pheidole n sp Gabon 143
B Taylor det.
Reassess as smaller

E Zassi

03°16'21.7" S
015°28'12.5" E
Gallery Forest; 24h pitfall trap

{Pheidole Gabon 143 major}Major

The photomontages are of workers from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 143). two majors and one minor.

{Pheidole Gabon 143 minor}Minor

{Pheidole Gabon 143 Congo minor}The photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna; collector Eric Zassi (n sp 27; pitfall trap 11, t 1.1).

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