Pheidole quadriceps , 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: 491

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole quadriceps
status

new species

Pheidole quadriceps  HNS  new species

types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology L quadriceps  HNS  , square-headed, referring to head shape in frontal view.

Diagnosis a medium-sized, yellow member of the flavens  HNS  group whose major is distinguished by its square head shape in full-face view, angulate profile of the mesonotal convexity, and large propodeal spines.

Similar to carinata  HNS  of montane Costa Rica but differs in the major by its much longer propodeal spine, more extensive sculpturing on the head, lack of a rugoreticulum on the mesosoma, and color; and in the minor by the absence anywhere of rugoreticula; and by color.

See also the less similar kuna  HNS  , obtusopilosa  HNS  , rectisentis  HNS  , scabriventris  HNS  , and termitobia  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.92, SL 0.46, EL 0.08, PW 0.44.

Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.28.

Color Major: body light brownish yellow, mandibles dark brownish yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology Collected in second-growth forest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Providencia Biological Station, Zona Buenos Aries, Antioquia, 600-800 m (Charles Kugler). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole