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Species: Pheidole cielana   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole cielana Wilson, 2003A: 275, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico

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 cielanaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the type locality.

Diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: medium-sized; reddish brown; median ocellus present; entire body covered by dense, erect to suberect hairs; scape approaches the occipital corner by less than its own width; extensive rugoreticula occur around the eyes and on the frontal lobes; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of mesonotal dorsum rugoreticulate.

Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque, and anterior half of median strip of first gastral tergite shagreened and opaque.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.96, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.74, SL 0.96, EL 0.16, PW 0.44.

color Major: body and most of head medium reddish brown, appendages and sides of head anterior to eye light reddish brown. Minor: overall medium reddish brown, tarsi yellow.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: Rancho Cielo, 17 km northwest of Gomez Farias, Tamaulipas, 1160 m (Philip S. Ward). Scale bars = 1 mm.

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