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Pheidole fervens has 12-segmented antennae, 3-segmented antennal clubs, propodeal spines, long thin pilosity, and a bimorphic worker caste. The minor workers are small, pale to medium yellow and have long legs and long antennal scapes, very small propodeal spines, and no antennal scrobes. Sculpture on the minor worker is restricted to the middle and posteriorportions of the mesosoma. The major workers are larger, darker and are have oversized, heavily sculptured heads. The majors also have distinct antennal scrobes and longer propodeal spines than the minors. Pheidole fervens recruits strongly to baits and food resources and forms long and busy foraging trails. Minor workers are much more abundant than major workers, both outside of and within the nest.


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