Current View: All Antweb
Change View
Cite this page

Citing AntWeb


To cite this page, please use the following:

· For print:      Citation: AntWeb. Version 8.86.1. California Academy of Science, online at Accessed .

· For web:

Species: Pheidole moerens   Wheeler, 1908 

Download Data

Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole moerens Wheeler, 1908a PDF: 136, pl. 12, figs. 22, 23 (s.w.) PUERTO RICO. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: syntype major workers, syntype minor workers (numbers not stated, “numerous”). Primary type locality: Puerto Rico: Culebra I., iii.1906 (W.M. Wheeler) (by restriction of Kempf, 1972b PDF: 196). Primary type depositories: AMNH, MCZC. Type notes: Other original syntype localities: Puerto Rico: Utuado, iii.1906 (W.M. Wheeler), Puerto Rico: Monte Morales, iii.1906 (W.M. Wheeler), Puerto Rico: Monte Mandios, iii.1906 (W.M. Wheeler). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Pheidole moerens creola: Wilson, 2003a: 461.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Neotropical
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Neotropical bioregion

Distribution Notes:

Hawaii Island


Introduced species (Martinez, 1997).

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Pheidole moerens   Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 461-462, (download) 461-462 20017
Pheidole moerens   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 50 times found in palm forest, 39 times found in mixed forest, 22 times found in around nursery, 8 times found in mixed forest near estuary, 15 times found in mixed forest, nest in rotting Pinus sp. Log, 6 times found in mature secondary broadleaf forest, 11 times found in coastal savanna, 11 times found in longleaf pine forest, 0 times found in on palms and in soil by palms, 0 times found in along transect in grassy area by highway, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 112 times litter, 22 times vegetation, 18 times leaf litter, 7 times pine litter, 1 times nest in dead wood, 2 times nest in dead log, 1 times nest between cracks in rock, 0 times sand, 3 times soil and litter, 1 times sifted litter from forest floor, 1 times on ground, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 88 times Winkler, 34 times Berlese funnel, 27 times general collecting, 12 times hand collecting, 1 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan and alpha pinene, 22 times sweeping, 21 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan, 8 times pitfall trap, 0 times cookie bait, 10 times Davis sifting, 0 times hotdog bait, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 950 meters, 414 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1950-08-16 00:00:00.0 and 2017-06-03 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Not Provided: casent0283221

See something amiss? Send us an email.
Log In to see maps.