Pheidole avia , 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: 659

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole avia
status

new status

Pheidole avia  HNS  Forel, new status

Pheidole guilelmimuelleri subsp. avia  HNS  Forel 1908h: 380.

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve.

Etymology L avia  HNS  , pertaining to birds, allusion unknown.

diagnosis Similar to antillana  HNS  of the Lesser Antilles and to bucculenta  HNS  , guilelmimuelleri  HNS  , and hetschkoi  HNS  of South America, as well as to mamore  HNS  of South America in the scrobifera  HNS  group, but differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: very large, with sharp postpetiolar cornicles, otherwise close to the lectotype major of guilelmimuelleri  HNS  (q.v.); but the minor is very distinct.

Minor: occiput and anterior fourth of head bears transverse carinulae; carinulae originating on the frontal lobes curve outward (laterad) to join the anteriormost transverse posterior carinulae; anterior half of the pronotal dorsum transversely carinulate; rest of the head and body almost entirely smooth and shiny; propodeal spines moderately long, thin, and vertical.

Measurements (mm) Paralectotype major: HW 2.34, HL 2.40, SL 1.04, EL 0.24, PW 1.12.

Lectotype minor: HW 1.00, HL 1.14, SL 2.04, EL 0.24, PW 0.68.

color Major: reddish yellow.

Minor: concolorous plain yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Lectotype, minor. BRAZIL: Alto da Serra, Sao Paulo. Paralectotype major not shown; very similar to guilelmimuelleri  HNS  lectotype major (q.v.). Scale bar = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole