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Subfamily MYRMICINAE
Tribe ATTINI

Pheidole crassicornis Emery

   
   
     
 
Pheidole crassicornis, full face view of a major worker
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Pheidole crassicornis, lateral view of major worker (Baldwin Co., AL) (photo by Joe A. MacGown)  
     
Pheidole crassicornis, profile view of major worker
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Introduction
Pheidole crassicornis is a fairly large soil dwelling species. Species in this species group have scapes flattened at the basally in the majors. This species can be distinguished from others in the group in this region by the lack, or scarcity, of erect hairs on the gaster, petiole and postpetiole, promesonotum, and head of the major.

Taxonomic History (from Bolton, 2014)

Identification
Minor Worker: (from MEM specimens). HL 0.67–0.73, HW 0.53–0.62, SL 0.82–0.93, EL 0.16–0.18, \

Major Worker: (from MEM specimens). HL 1.62–1.84, HW 1.56–1.72, SL 0.92–1.00, EL 0.20–0.25, IHT 0.38–0.44, OHT 0.57–0.65, MeSL 1.47–1.62, PRW 0.86–0.96, PSL 0.08–0.12, PTW 0.24–0.32, PPW 0.34–0.47 (n=6). \

Queen: (from MEM specimens). HL 1.36–1.42, HW 1.58–1.64, SL 0.98–1.00, EL 0.32–0.40, MeOL (median ocellar length) 0.15–0.16, IHT 0.46–0.49, OHT 0.63–0.65, MeSL 2.53–2.55, PRW 1.30–1.60 PSL 0.12–0.15, PTW 0.53–0.55, PPW 0.75–0.80, WL 7.40–7.80 (n=4). \

 

Biology and Economic Importance

Distribution

US Distribution: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Literature Cited

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