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Species: Pheidole ariel   Wilson, 2003 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole ariel Wilson, 2003A: 169, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO. Nearctic. Primary type information: Wilson, 2003A: holotype, major: MEXICO: 38 km south of monclova, Puente La Muralla, Coahuila, 1280 m (Robert J. Hamton). Secondary type information: Wilson, 2003A: paratype, minor: the same data as holotype. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Pheidole arielHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr ariel, airy sprite, alluding to the slender, pale yellow bodies of both castes.

Diagnosis Similar to desertorumHNS and vistanaHNS (see also the less similar hyattiHNS), distinguished from these members of the fallaxHNS group and other members of the diligensHNS group as follows.

Major: pale to medium yellow; slender; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; occipital border deep, subangulate at midline; pilosity of body dorsum moderately abundant, suberect to erect, and very long; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; pronotum and all of gaster smooth and shiny.

Minor: occiput broad and lacking nuchal collar; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; carinulae limited to circular lines around

antennal fossae; mesopleuron and side of propodeum foveolate and opaque; rest of body smooth and shiny.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.46, HL 1.62, SL 1.34, EL 0.26, PW 0.72.

Paratype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.82, SL 1.16, EL 0.22, PW 0.44.

color Major: concolorous pale to medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous pale yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: 38 km south of Monclova, Puente La Muralla, Coahuila, 1280 m (Robert J. Hamton). Scale bars = 1 mm.



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