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Species: Pheidole argentina   (Bruch, 1932) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Gallardomyrma argentina Bruch, 1932 PDF: 273, figs. 1-8 (q.) ARGENTINA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Pheidole: Wilson, 1984b PDF: 327.
See also: Wilson, 2003A: 267.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina
  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 argentina (Bruch)HNS

Gallardomyrma argentina BruchHNS 1932: 273. Placed in PheidoleHNS by generic synonymy ( PheidoleHNS = Gallardomyrma) by W. L. Brown 1973b: 180.

Types Mus. La Plata, Buenos Aires.

Etymology Named after the country of origin.

diagnosis An extreme workerless parasite of Pheidole nitidulaHNS. The queen possesses a trait unique within the ants: the antenna is 10-segmented, with a well-developed, 1-segmented club. Also, the body is somewhat pupiform and the mandibles are reduced to toothless straps.

measurements (mm) Syntype queen: according to Bruch (1932), the total length of a queen in the type series is 1.7 mm. Color Head, especially vertex, brownish yellow; mesosoma, waist, and gaster (except the apex) grayish brown..

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology A permanent workerless parasite of Pheidole nitidulaHNS.

figure Syntype, queen. (Adapted from Bruch 1932.) ARGENTINA: Alta Gracia (La Granja), Sierra de Cordoba (Carlos Bruch). Scale bar = 1 mm.

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