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Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Diagnosis A small, reddish yellow species belonging to a group of ambiguous species composing the " carapunaHNS complex" (see list in heading above), close to the flavensHNS group and possibly better placed there. All are relatively small in size, with the major possessing a reduced mesonotal convexity, as well as cephalic sculpturing that consists entirely of longitudinal carinulae extending to or almost to the occipital border seen in full face. All also have a minor with a broad, concave occiput, which lacks a collar. Among these species, P. cuprinaHNS is close to carapunaHNS but distinguished from it by color and the absence of foveolation on the postpetiolar node of the major and posterior three-fourths of the dorsal head surface of the minor. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.02, HL 1.16, SL 0.58, EL 0.16, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.56, EL 0.12, PW 0.38. color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow, with slight reddish tinge.
biology The type colony was found in terra firme forest nesting in a rotten branch on the litter surface of the ground. It comprised a
single queen and several hundred workers (Stefan Cover, personal communication).
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Cuzco Amazonico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, 200 m (Stefan Cover). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in dead wood, 2 times ex rotten log.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times search.
Elevations: collected from 81 - 250 meters, 163 meters average