Pheidole arhuaca

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 373

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20017

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scientific name

Pheidole arhuaca
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Pheidole arhuaca  HNS  Forel

Pheidole arhuaca  HNS  Forel 1901j: 364. Syn.: P. arhuaca var. bimons  HNS  Forel 1912g: 234, n. syn. types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve; Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Referring to the type locality, San Antonio, an "arhuaque" (Arawak) village.

Diagnosis A medium-sized, yellow species with conulate humerus in both major and minor, when seen in dorsal-oblique view. Close to caulicola  HNS  of Costa Rica but with less prominent humeri, longer antennal scapes, and broader, more angulate postpetiolar node in both castes, as well as completely foveolate central pronotal dorsum in the major. Also similar but less so to chalca  HNS  , chalcoides  HNS  , mincana  HNS  , schmalzi  HNS  , and tragica  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Syntype major (Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard): HW 0.80, HL 0.86, SL 0.40, EL 0.10, PW 0.44. Syntype minor (Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard): HW 0.46, HL 0.50, SL 0.44, EL 0.06, PW 0.30. color Major and minor: concolorous yellow.

Range Known only from the types of arhuaca  HNS  sensu str. (Colombia) and of its variety bimons  HNS  (Ceara, Brazil).

Biology Forel found the type colony under a dried pat of cow dung.

Figure Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. COLOMBIA: San Antonio, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Auguste Forel). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole