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Species: Pheidole caribbaea   Wheeler, 1911 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole caribbaea Wheeler, 1911a PDF: 23 (s.w.q.m.) JAMAICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Pheidole sloanei: Wilson, 2003A: 272.


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

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 caribbaea WheelerHNS

Pheidole caribbaea WheelerHNS 191 la: 23. Syn.: P. caribbaea subsp. sloanei WheelerHNS 1917g: 459, n. syn.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Refers to region of origin.

Diagnosis A brown member of the fallaxHNS group whose major has the dorsal surface of the head completely covered with longitudinal parallel carinulae, except the extreme occipital strip (seen in full-face view), which is smooth and shiny; pronotum and anterior mesonotum completely covered with transverse carinulae; postpetiolar node trapezoidal; anterior half of the first gastral tergite shagreened; and head densely covered with mostly erect to suberect hairs.

Close to mantillaHNS of Costa Rica and kukranaHNS of Nicaragua but differing in details of head shape, sculpture, pilosity, and color (q.v.); see also cardinalisHNS, obscuriorHNS, rubicepsHNS.

Measurements (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.20, SL 0.96, EL 0.20, PW 0.58. Syntype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.66, SL 0.92, EL 0.14, PW 0.34.

Color Major: head medium brown, mesosoma dark brown, waist and gaster medium to dark brown, appendages light to medium brown.

Minor: body concolorous medium brown, appendages medium to yellowish brown.

Range Known only from Jamaica, an apparent endemic.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. JAMAICA: Balaclava: Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in scrubby secondgrowth veg., 1 times found in riparian wet forest, 1 times found in secondgrowth evergreen forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times strays, 1 times under bromeliad on fallen tree.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times search.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 380 meters, 230 meters average

Type specimens:

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