Pheidole laniger , 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: 313

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole laniger
status

new species

Pheidole laniger  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology L laniger  HNS  , wool-bearing.

diagnosis A member of the fallax  HNS  group, similar to lovejoyi (but also scan alienata  HNS  , cardinalis  HNS  , caribbaea  HNS  , fallax  HNS  , jelskii  HNS  , lattkei  HNS  , mantilla  HNS  , obscurior  HNS  , petrensis  HNS  , puttemansi  HNS  , rubiceps  HNS  , roushae  HNS  , susannae  HNS  , tobini  HNS  ), and distinguished as follows. Major: posterior dorsal profde of head lined by uniform felt of short, subrecumbent hairs; propodeal spine reduced to denticle; occiput smooth; rugoreticulum limited to spaces around eye; dorsal face of petiolar peduncle in side view straight; pronotum bare of carinulae.

Minor: head narrowed posteriorly, nuchal collar present; propodeal spine reduced to denticle. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.34, SL 0.90, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.70, SL 0.98, EL 0.14, PW 0.38. Color Major: concolorous brownish yellow.

Minor: body and appendages light brownish yellow, head a slightly contrasting medium brownish yellow.

Range In addition to the type series, I have seen a larger, darker variant, and possibly distinct species, with more extensive cephalic reticulation on the major, from near San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela, collected by J. Lattke.

Biology The type colony was found in terra firme rainforest, in a root mass at the base of a palm tree.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Cuzco Amazonico, 15 km northwest of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios (Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole