Pheidole laselva

Longino, J. T., 2009, Additions to the taxonomy of New World Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 2181, pp. 1-90: 49

publication ID

22820

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole laselva
status

 

Pheidole laselva  HNS 

Pheidole laselva Wilson  HNS  2003: 442, figs. Holotype major worker and associated paratype minor worker: Costa Rica, Heredia, near Puerto Viejo, La Selva Biological Station (Cover/Moffett/Tobin) [ MCZ] (examined).

Pheidole ebenina Wilson  HNS  2003: 412, figs. Holotype major worker and associated paratype minor worker: Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Guanacaste Conservation Area, Pitilla research station, 500m, 14 Oct 1992, tuna bait (Olson) [ MCZ] (examined). New synonymy.

Geographic Range

Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador.

Biology

This species occurs in mature wet forest habitats. In Costa Rica it is common below 500m elevation but there are records to 1220m. Major and minor workers are common at baits and in Winkler samples. Nest are in soft rotten wood and under loose bark of rotting logs.

Comments

The types of P. ebenina  HNS  are well within the range of variation of P. laselva  HNS  and there is no substantial difference.

The collection at MCZ contains several series from Colombia and one from Ecuador that closely match the morphology of P. laselva  HNS  . All of them are from montane areas, above 500m, instead of lowland rainforest like the Costa Rican population.

MCZ

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

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole