Pheidole longinoi , 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: 445

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole longinoi
status

new species

Pheidole longinoi  HNS  new species

Types iNBio.

etymology In honor of the collector John T. (Jack) Longino, pioneer explorer of the Costa Rican ant fauna.

Diagnosis A small, medium yellow member of the flavens  HNS  group, most similar to otisi  HNS  and prolixa  HNS  but easily distinguished from them in the major by the more prominent mesonotal convexity; smaller, more posteriorly directed propodeal spines; postpetiolar shape; and many details of cephalic sculpturing, including absence of rugoreticulum in the center of the occiput.

The minor also differs in having the pilosity on the mesosomal dorsum limited to evenly spaced pairs of hairs. P. longinoi  HNS  is also similar but less so to ceibana  HNS  , ruida  HNS  , and sospes  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.66, HL 0.82, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.38.

Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.44, SL 0.34, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.

color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Costa Rica.

Biology P. longinoi  HNS  inhabits wet forest, nesting in internodes of Cecropia insignis saplings (J. T. Longino).

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: 6.5 km east of Monteverde, Alajuela, 950 m (John T. Longino). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole