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Species: Pheidole coracina   Wilson, 2003 

Classification:
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Distribution:

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

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L coracinaHNS, raven-like, alluding to color of the minor worker.

Diagnosis A member of the crassicornisHNS group characterized in the major by dense rugoreticula that stretch from each eye to the adjacent antennal fossa; bilobed dorsal-oblique profile of the pronotum; oval postpetiole from above; most of the prothorax and all of the mesothorax, propodeum, and waist foveolate and opaque; and a contrasting circular brown spot on the vertex.

Minor: blackish brown; pronotal profile bilobed in dorsal-oblique view; and all of body foveolate and opaque except venter of head, median half of the dorsal surface of the head, part of the promesonotum, and the gaster.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.24, SL 0.68, EL 0.18, PW 0.60.

Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.70, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

Color Major: body light reddish brown except for gaster, which is plain medium brown, and a dark brown circular spot on the vertex.

Minor: concolorous blackish brown. Range Known only from the type series. Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: 19 km north of Estado Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi (William P. MacKay). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in xerophyl scrub, 1 times found in agricultural zone, 1 times found in Jardin de una casa.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times suelo, debajo de una piedra.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times pitfall, 1 times Directo.

Elevations: collected from 1940 - 1990 meters, 1982 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole coracina: casent0627917, jtlc000016348



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