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Species: Pheidole subarmata   Mayr, 1884 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole subarmata Mayr, 1884 PDF: 37 (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Pheidole cornutula: Brown, 1981 PDF: 526.
Senior synonym of Pheidole hondurensis: Brown, 1981 PDF: 526.
Senior synonym of Pheidole subarmata nefasta: Brown, 1981 PDF: 526.
See also: Wilson, 2003a: 759
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mainland Neotropics from Mexico to Brazil, and many Caribbean islands. Costa Rica: Atlantic slope to 800m, possibly elsewhere (see Comments).


Natural History:

Occurs in a wide range of habitats, including seasonally dry areas, wet habitats, mature forest, open pasture areas, city parks, beach edge; nests in soil, forming clusters of small crater-form tumuli; generalist foragers that quickly recruit to baits.


Longino has confused subarmata and hasticeps in earlier identifications. See discussion under hasticeps.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Pheidole subarmata n. sp.  Radoszkowsky, O., 1884, Fourmis de Cayenne Française., Trudy Russkago Entomologicheskago Obshchestva 18, pp. 30-39: 37, (download) 37 1929
Pheidole subarmata   Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 759-760, (download) 759-760 20017
Pheidole subarmata   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 35, (download) 35 21367
Pheidole subarmata   Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 52, (download) 52 4014

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 79 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 19 times found in mature wet forest, 35 times found in tropical moist forest, 2 times found in La Selva, 14 times found in tropical moist forest, pasture, 7 times found in tropical rainforest, 4 times found in 2º wet forest, 3 times found in yard around house, 9 times found in garden, 5 times found in rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 142 times at bait, 24 times ex sifted leaf litter, 8 times nest in soil, 3 times foragers, 2 times under stone, 1 times on ground, 2 times LeafLitter, 1 times edge of road, 1 times unknown, 1 times under rock, 1 times nest under rocks, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 160 times baiting, 15 times search, 19 times MiniWinkler, 8 times hand collecting, 4 times bait, 4 times MaxiWinkler, 2 times Winkler, 3 times direct collection, 1 times Winkler48h, 2 times flight intercept trap, 1 times hand collection, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1250 meters, 201 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1900-06-15 00:00:00.0 and 2018-08-22 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Lectotype Pheidole subarmata: casent0601269; Not Provided: casent0283222; Paralectotype Pheidole subarmata: casent0601270; syntype of Pheidole subarmata: casent0901601; syntype of Pheidole cornutula: casent0904376; syntype of Pheidole cornutula dentimentum: casent0913454; syntype of Pheidole cornutula imbecillis: casent0904377, casent0904378; syntype of Pheidole subarmata elongatula: casent0908238, casent0908239; syntype of Pheidole subarmata nefasta: casent0913455; type of Pheidole subarmata: focol1556

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