Pheidole pelor , 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: 547

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole pelor
status

new species

Pheidole pelor  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Gr pelor  HNS  , prodigy, monster, referring to the bizarre head form.

Diagnosis A typical member of the lamia  HNS  group: the major has a phragmotic head, with the anterior portion incorporating the clypeus and mandibles flattened (truncated), and deep antennal scrobes. This species is easily distinguished from the other members of the lamia  HNS  group ( colobopsis  HNS  , lamia  HNS  , truncula  HNS  ) by the rugoreticulate posterior dorsum of the head, preceded by parallel longitudinal carinulae that extend to all the surface of the frontal lobes, and by the irregularly rugose sculpturing of the central part of the clypeus. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.30, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.64, SL 0.46, EL 0.10, PW 0.40. color Major: concolorous dark yellow. Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality, and two other localities in central Texas (Pedernales State Park, Blanco Co. and Junction, Kimble Co.). At the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin, it occurs with the similar species P. lamia  HNS  .

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype major. Lower: paratype, minor. TEXAS: Brackenridge Laboratory, a field station of the University of Texas in Austin (D. H. Feener). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole