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Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
etymology Named after the region of the type locality.
diagnosis A small, yellow member of the fallaxHNS group similar to araneoidesHNS and wallaceiHNS, and easily distinguished as follows. Major: extensive rugoreticulation covers the space between the eye to the frontal carinae and circular carinulae of the antennal fossae; head roughly quadrate, occiput deep; antennal scapes fall short of the occipital lobes by 2X the scapes' maximal width; mesopleuron and dorsal face of propodeum carinulae; pilosity dense and very long.
Minor: neck and nuchal collar well-developed; basal face of propodeum drops vertically in front to metanotum; mesopleuron carinulate.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.18, HL 1.24, SL 1.00, EL 0.20, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.66, SL 0.98, EL 0.14, PW 0.34. Color Major: concolorous medium reddish yellow. Minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Biology The type series was collected from a forested mountain slope. A winged queen was present 1-4 June.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Finca Los Guaduales, 10 km southwest of Jose del Palmar, Rio Torito, Choco, 760 m (Charles Kugler). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 13 times found in montane wet forest, 9 times found in mature rainforest, edge of forest near pasture and agricultural land, steep rocky terrain, 4 times found in wet forest, 3 times found in cloud forest, 3 times found in tropical wet forest, 1 times found in SHO 2600, 2 times found in montane wet forest edge, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, along ridge leading to stream, oak trees present, probably mature or old 2nd growth with relict trees, near pasture, 1 times found in montane wet forest, along ridge leading to stream, oak trees, near pasture, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 15 times at bait, 9 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times pecan sandie bait, 1 times Primary forest, 2 times nocturnal, at bait, 2 times bajo de M/18, 2 times Hojarasca, 2 times bajo de M/05, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times bajo de M/17.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 13 times baiting, 6 times bait, 7 times miniWinkler, 5 times flight intercept trap, 6 times Malaise, 1 times Lure/Bait, 2 times Winkler, 2 times Mini Winkler, 1 times MaxiWinkler.
Elevations: collected from 50 - 1320 meters, 609 meters average
Type specimens: paratype Pheidole chocoensis: jtlc000016347