Pheidole boltoni

Longino, J. T., 2009, Additions to the taxonomy of New World Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 2181, pp. 1-90: 17

publication ID

22820

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:F84E23F9-9FE9-4728-B51D-3078D6EDB7E2

persistent identifier

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treatment provided by

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scientific name

Pheidole boltoni
status

 

Pheidole boltoni  HNS 

Pheidole boltoni Wilson  HNS  , 2003: 666, figs. Holotype major worker and associated paratype minor worker: Costa Rica, Heredia, 8km N Volcan Barba, 10°12'N 84°06'W, 1830m, 4-14 Jul 1986 (Longino #1329) [ MCZ] (examined).

Pheidole humida Wilson  HNS  , 2003: 614, figs. Holotype major worker and associated paratype minor worker: Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Monteverde, 1550m, 20 May 1979 (P. S. Ward #3450) [ MCZ] (examined). New synonymy.

Geographic Range

Costa Rica.

Biology

This species is a montane cloud forest specialist. In the tropics ant abundance declines dramatically between 1500m and 2000m and ants are very difficult to find above 2000m. Pheidole boltoni  HNS  occurs in a narrow band at the very upper edge of ants' natural occurrence. Several nests have been collected under epiphyte mats in recent branch and treefalls. One nest (the types of P. humida  HNS  ) was collected in a rotten log.

Comments

The types of P. humida  HNS  are very similar to types and additional material of P. boltoni  HNS  , differing only in having a lighter color. Multiple collections of P. boltoni  HNS  have been made at the peak of Volcan Barba in the Cordillera Volcanica Central. The type series of P. humida  HNS  was collected in Monteverde, in the Cordillera de Tilaran. Oddly, no other material has been collected from Monteverde, in spite of intensive collecting there.

MCZ

USA, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole