Pheidole tachirana , 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: 515

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole tachirana
status

new species

Pheidole tachirana  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the state in which the type colony was found.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to cerina  HNS  , hizemops  HNS  , mackayi  HNS  , micon  HNS  , and tenebra  HNS  , differing as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; mesonotal convexity subangular; small subangulate process present on postpetiolar venter; anterior third of dorsum and posterior lower margin of pronotum carinulate; lower sides of pronotum foveolate; a small patch of rugoreticulum present posterior to each antennal fossa; carinulae just mesad to each eye extend only about 2X Eye Length beyond the eye.

Minor: head and mesosoma entirely foveolate; propodeal spines short and thin; occiput broad, its margin feebly concave, nuchal collar absent.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.72, HL 0.84, SL 0.40, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

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

Minor: body dark yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology A male was with the type colony at the time of collection 9 August.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: El Espinal, near Michelena, Tachira, 1260 m (John Lattke). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole