Current View: Bolton World Catalog
Change View
Cite this page

Citing AntWeb


To cite this page, please use the following:

· For print:      Citation: AntWeb. Version 8.54.9. California Academy of Science, online at Accessed .

· For web:

Species: Pheidole brandaoi   Wilson, 2003 

Download Data

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Pheidole brandaoi Wilson, 2003a: 150, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Pheidole brandaoiHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named in honor of the distinguished Brazilian myrmecologist C. Roberto F. Brandao.

diagnosis a unique yellow member of the diligensHNS group similar to perdiligens and radoszkowskii, but distinguished from these and other species of the group as follows.

Major: with sparse pilosity on the mesosomal dorsum, including a pair of clavate hairs on the pronotum; pilosity on gastric tergites consisting of a carpet of short suberect pubescence in addition to longer erect to suberect hairs; no hairs on profde of head in full face except clypeus; mesosomal convexity very large, and subtriangular in side view; rugoreticula present between eyes and antennal fossae, and on anterior half of pronotum.

Minor: all of head, except frontal triangle, and most of mesosoma, foveolate and opaque; propodeal spines long and stout.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.00, SL 0.70, EL 0.18, PW 0.52.

Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

color Major: body and mandibles dark yellow, other appendages light yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The type series was collected in lowland rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Mun. Buenaventura (Bajo Calima, Villa Clara), Valle (William L. Brown and Richard B. Root). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 81 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 41 times found in tropical rainforest, 15 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 10 times found in montane rainforest, 3 times found in tropical moist forest, 4 times found in tropical wet forest, 2 times found in Bosque Tropical Húmedo, 1 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in lower montane rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 81 times at bait, 71 times ex sifted leaf litter, 5 times beating vegetation, 1 times ex sifted litter; 6L sifted litter; extracted in Winkler sack over 20 hours.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 81 times Baiting, 50 times MiniWinkler, 21 times MaxiWinkler, 5 times Beating, 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 30 - 1170 meters, 656 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 2008-01-02 and 2011-06-07

Type specimens:

See something amiss? Send us an email.