Pheidole palenquensis , 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: 482

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole palenquensis
status

new species

Pheidole palenquensis  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the type locality.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to albipes  HNS  , alticola  HNS  , chalca  HNS  , ebenina  HNS  , euryscopa  HNS  , lustrata  HNS  , hedlundorum  HNS  , monteverdensis  HNS  , and servilia  HNS  , distinguished as follows.

Major: very small; head quadrate; dorsal occiput covered by broken, irregular rugulae, rest of dorsal head surface carinulate except for frontal triangle and midclypeus, which are smooth; all of body foveolate and opaque except gaster, which is smooth and shiny; antennal scapes moderately long, their tips touching lateral margins of the head midway between level of eyes and level of occiput; propodeal spines curved backward ("melted" in appearance).

Minor: eye oval, set well forward on head; promesonotal profde in side view perfectly semicircular; propodeal spines curved or straight; carinulae limited to antennal fossae, and all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.66, HL 0.66, SL 0.40, EL 0.06, PW 0.34.

Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.44, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.

Color Major: body dark reddish yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Minor: body light brownish yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology The type series was collected in forest.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratypes, minor. ECUADOR: Rio Palenque Station, 47 km south of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Pichincha, 215 m (Stewart b. and Jarmila Kukalova-Peck). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole