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Nicaragua, Costa Rica.
This species occurs in lowland wet forest. At La Selva, it is common in Winkler and Berlese samples, and it occasionally comes to baits. On the Barva transect it is known to 500 m elevation but not above. It also occurs on the Pacific slope below Monteverde, and there is one collection from 500 m elevation in Carara. It was moderately abundant at Cerro Musun in Nicaragua, but has not been collected north of there, nor at Hitoy Cerere or anywhere further south. Brian Fisher and Flavia Esteves found a nest in soil below Monteverde.
types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
diagnosis A small, yellow species whose major has an elongated head, the dorsal surface of which, with the exception of the midclypeus and frontal triangle, is completely foveolate and opaque; the rest of the cephalic sculpturing comprising longitudinal carinulae confined to the anterior half of the capsule; antennal scrobe absent; thick long, vertical propodeal spines are present, thin tips turning slightly forward in side view; small, subangulate mesonotal convexity present, and postpetiolar node conulate. Similar to charazanaHNS, longinoiHNS, neolongicepsHNS, and prolixaHNS, but differing from each in various combinations of the above traits, and other traits, as illustrated.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.74, HL 0.96, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.48, SL 0.36, EL 0.04, PW 0.26. color Major: body dark yellow, appendages medium yellow. Minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Range Costa Rica.
Biology Found in leaf litter of lowland rainforest; workers were attracted to baits (Longino 1997).
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: 4 km east of Turrialba, Cartago, 550 m (J. T. Longino). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 220 times found in mature wet forest, 16 times found in tropical wet forest, 15 times found in lowland rainforest, 11 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in Puesto5,36G,10m., 4 times found in cloud forest, primary, near ridgetop, 1 times found in Puesto2, 145G,10m., 1 times found in montane rainforest edge, 1 times found in Trampa5,289G. 10m., 1 times found in wet forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 240 times ex sifted leaf litter, 18 times Hojarasca, 1 times litter/soil core, 1 times ex soil, 1 times Bosque Primario, Suelo, 2 times SCH, 2 times at bait, 1 times Primary forest, 1 times One of the ALAS berlese samples., 1 times bajo de M/23.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 237 times miniWinkler, 24 times Mini Winkler, 8 times Berlese, 9 times Winkler, 3 times baiting, 2 times Malaise, 1 times maxiWinkler, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times Lure/Bait.
Elevations: collected from 50 - 1245 meters, 184 meters average
Type specimens: holotype major Pheidole beloceps: inbiocri001282094; Paratype Pheidole beloceps: casent0625437, casent0625438; paratype Pheidole beloceps: inbiocri001243000, inbiocri001268544, inbiocri001270454, inbiocri001270969, inbiocri001270970, inbiocri001270971, inbiocri001271022, inbiocri001274755