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Pheidole animaHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology Named after the type locality.
Diagnosis A brown member of the diligensHNS group distinguished by the following combination of traits.
Major: posterior half of cephalic dorsum smooth; rugoreticular patches present mesad of eyes; outer (lateral) fourths of frontal lobes longitudinally carinulate; anterior strip of pronotum, all of mesopleuron, and part of sides of propodeum carinulate; promesonotum profile bilobate; mesosoma bare of pilosity.
Minor: mesopleuron and anterior half of side of propodeum rugulose; a few carinulae on dorsal surface of head, including margins of
frontal lobes; rest of body smooth and shiny; occiput semicircular, with no nuchal collar.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.00, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.52.
Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.64, SL 0.74, EL 0.14, PW 0.38.
color Major and minor: body medium to dark brown, appendages light brown.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Biology The type colony was found in a piece of rotten wood in a forested ravine.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. HONDURAS: Minas Las Animas, above Valle de Angeles, Francisco Morazan, 1580 m (William L. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in ravine forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times rotten wood.
Elevations: collected at 1580 m