Pheidole hedlundorum , Wilson, E. O., 2003

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 435

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole hedlundorum
status

new species

Pheidole hedlundorum  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named in honor of Charles and Helen Marie Hedlund, in recognition of their outstanding contribution in service and support to tropical conservation, hence the habitats in which the Pheidole  HNS  ants will continue to exist.

Diagnosis A large, medium reddish brown (major) or plain light brown (minor) member of the flavens  HNS  group, with a mostly smooth, shiny body surface and dense, exceptionally long pilosity. Similar to lustrata  HNS  , differing in the major in lighter body color, larger size, rounded humerus in dorsal-oblique view, presence of wavy hairs on the promesonotum; and less extensive foveolation on the mesopleuron and propodeum; and in the minor in the broader occiput in full-face view, more posterior position of the eye, round eye shape, and shorter scape length.

See also the less similar browni  HNS  , chalca  HNS  , chalcoides  HNS  , terresi  HNS  , and species close to them listed in the diagnoses.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.20, SL 0.62, EL 0.14, PW 0.58.

Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.62, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.

Color Major: body rich medium reddish brown, appendages a lighter shade.

Minor: light brown, tarsi yellow.

Range Known only from the type series.

Biology Collected from leaf litter in wet montane forest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Estado Aragua, Rancho Grande, 1100 m (William L. and Doris E. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole