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Species: Pheidole vafra   Santschi, 1923 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole vafra Santschi, 1923d PDF: 51 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. Primary type information: Brazil, Sta. Catarina: Blumenau (Reichensperger) [NHMB, unique specimen identifiers CASENT0913469 (major), CASENT0913470 (minor)]. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonymy of Pheidole idiota: Wilson, 2003A: 244.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Paraguay: Boquerón, Central, Itapúa, Ñeembucú

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Pheidole vafra   Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 244, (download) 244 20017
Pheidole vafra   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: 52 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 1 times found in cement patio area near buildings of cacao research station, 1 times found in pasture/road edge, 1 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in riparian dry forest, 1 times found in roadcut in cloud forest, 1 times found in town center, 1 times found in Bosque alto edge, 1 times found in dry forest, 1 times found in rainforest edge, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 53 times at bait, 1 times old lava field; under stone, 2 times foragers, 1 times colony emigration, 1 times recruiting to food, 1 times on clay bank, edge of stream, 1 times nest in soil, 1 times Trail behind kitchen. Nomamyrmex were raiding a Pheidole I nest in the trail., 1 times wet forest, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times Malaise trap, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 51 times baiting, 8 times Search, 2 times direct collection, 3 times bait, 1 times beating vegetation (1 hour), 1 times Malaise.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1640 meters, 170 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole vafra: casent0913469; paralectotype of Pheidole vafra: casent0913470; paratype Pheidole laticornis: jtlc000016428; syntype of Pheidole idiota: casent0913471, casent0913472; syntype of Pheidole vafra idiota maculifrons: casent0913473, casent0913474

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