Pheidole rubiceps , 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: 345

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole rubiceps
status

new species

Pheidole rubiceps  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L rubiceps  HNS  , red-headed.

diagnosis A member of the fallax  HNS  group, closest to cardinalis  HNS  , caribbaea  HNS  , kukrana  HNS  , mantilla  HNS  , and obscurior  HNS  (also scan alienata  HNS  , fallax  HNS  , jelskii  HNS  , laniger  HNS  , lattkei  HNS  , lovejoyi, petrensis  HNS  , puttemansi  HNS  , roushae  HNS  , susannae  HNS  , tobini  HNS  ), and distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: tip of antennal scape approaches occipital corner to within scape maximum width; posterior dorsal profde of head very weakly concave; bicolorous, with reddish yellow head and brown body; propodeal spine long and thin; postpetiole diamondshaped; pronotum bare of carinulae.

Minor: propodeal spine moderately long and very thin (needle-like); mesonotal convexity angulate; nuchal collar present. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.36, SL 1.12, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.82, SL 1.20, EL 0.16, PW 0.42.

color Major: bicolorous, with head and mandibles reddish yellow and body a contrasting plain medium brown; legs light brown except for tarsi, which are yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Rancho Grande, 1100 m (R. W. Poole). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole