Pheidole cerina , 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: 395

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole cerina
status

new species

Pheidole cerina  HNS  new species

Types INBio.

etymology L cerina  HNS  , wax-colored, yellowish, referring to the color.

Diagnosis a relatively large species for the flavens  HNS  group, with yellow to brown major and minor. Similar to amabilis  HNS  of Costa Rica but differing in the major in the reduced propodeal spines, which point posteriorly (versus vertically in amabilis  HNS  ); in the well-developed mesonotal convexity, in the longer cephalic carinulae; in the more extensive carinulae of the pronotal dorsum; and in much longer antennal scapes of the minor (SL/HW 1.14, versus 1.0 in amabilis  HNS  ). P. cerina  HNS  , in the major mesonotal convexity and longer minor scapes, appears intermediate between the flavens  HNS  and punctatissima  HNS  groups.

See also the less similar grex  HNS  , mixteca  HNS  , and morelosana  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.74, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.50, EL 0.06, PW 0.30.

Color Major: body, mandibles, and antennae concolorous reddish yellow, legs medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous light-medium yellow. I have also seen two dark series from the type locality, with medium brown bodies and yellow appendages.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Three series for which data are available come from litter samples taken in wet forest.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: Rio Penas Blancas, Alajuela, lO0!0^ 84A°43 W, 800 m (J. T. Longino). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole