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Pheidole arielHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology Gr ariel, airy sprite, alluding to the slender, pale yellow bodies of both castes.
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.
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.