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Species: Pheidole bellatrix   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole bellatrix Wilson, 2003A: 663, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

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 bellatrixHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L bellatrixHNS, female warrior.

diagnosis An unusually large member of the tristisHNS group, similar to napoensisHNS of Ecuador and more distantly so to pepoHNS, rotundicepsHNS, sphaericaHNS, and subsphaericaHNS, which are species variously from Colombia and Ecuador, and distinguished by the following set of traits.

Major: promesonotum in side view forms a very large hump towering over the propodeum; from above the humeri are very broad, completely covering the rest of the pronotum below; from above the anterior margin of the postpetiolar node forms a perfect semicircle, with the posterior border a straight line forming its base; antennal scrobes absent; entire body covered by dense pilosity. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 2.00, HL 2.06, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 1.30. Paratype minor: HW 0.78, HL 0.82, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.48. Color Major: body light reddish brown, appendages brownish yellow. Minor: concolorous light brownish yellow.

Range In addition to the type locality in Huila, bellatrixHNS has been collected in Cundinamarca (1100 m), Magdalena (elevation unknown), and Meta (1000 m).

Biology Winged queens were collected from the type nest sometime during 9-13 January.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype minor. COLOMBIA: Finca Merenberg, 12 km west of Belen, Huila, 2200 m (C. Kugler and J. Hahn). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in pasture.

Elevations: collected at 2200 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole bellatrix: casent0625436, jtlc000016326



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