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Species: Pheidole jelskii   Mayr, 1884 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole jelskii Mayr, 1884 PDF: 34 (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1893j PDF: 400 (q.m.).
Subspecies of Pheidole fallax: Forel, 1893j PDF: 400.
Raised to species: Emery, 1894h: 390.
Subspecies of Pheidole fallax: Emery, 1906c PDF: 155; Forel, 1912g PDF: 221.
Raised to species, senior synonym of Pheidole antillensis, Pheidole arenicola, Pheidole emiliae and material of the unavailable name Pheidole retifera referred here: Wilson, 2003A: 306.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Honduras to Argentina, Caribbean. Paraguay: Alto Paraguay, Boquerón, Caaguazú, Central, Concepción, Ñeembucú, Paraguarí, Pte. Hayes


BOLD COI records suggest a remarkably widespread species, with uniform COI for specimens from Honduras, French Guiana, Ecuador, and Argentina. It is often collected in lawns and similar human-altered habitats, raising the possibility that it is a synanthropic species that has seen a range expansion associated with humans.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Pheidole jelskii new status  Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 307, (download) 307 20017
Pheidole jelskii   Radoszkowsky, O., 1884, Fourmis de Cayenne Française., Trudy Russkago Entomologicheskago Obshchestva 18, pp. 30-39: 34-35, (download) 34-35 1929
Pheidole jelskii   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 35, (download) 35 21367

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in yard around house, 2 times found in agricultural area near forest, 2 times found in grassland, 1 times found in 2º tropical rainforest, 1 times found in around houses, swept ground, yard trees, low second growth vegetation, 1 times found in station lawn, 1 times found in bare soil near Raista boat landing, between lawn and trees., 1 times found in urban landscaping, 1 times found in farmland in karst area, 1 times found in Ficus-Tabebuia-Morisonia, dry forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times nest in soil, 1 times large mowed lawn area. Strays., 3 times crater nest in soil, 2 times at bait, 1 times foragers, 2 times soil crater, 1 times mound nests in road, 1 times foraging column on ground, 1 times ex rotten log, 1 times under rock, 1 times ground forager, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times search, 4 times hand collecting, 4 times direct collection, 2 times baiting, 3 times at bait, 2 times hand collection.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 762 meters, 131 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole jelskii: casent0916061; syntype of Pheidole jelskii: casent0919781; syntype of Pheidole fallax emiliae: casent0908134, casent0908135; syntype of Pheidole fallax emiliae retifera: casent0904365, casent0904366; syntype of Pheidole jelskii antillensis: casent0908138, casent0908139; syntype of Pheidole jelskii arenicola: casent0904363, casent0904364

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