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Species: Pheidole defecta   Santschi, 1923 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole defecta Santschi, 1923d PDF: 54 (s.) GUATEMALA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Guatemala
  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 defectaHNS Santschi

Pheidole defectaHNS Santschi 1923d: 54. Redescribed by B. Holldobler and E. O. Wilson 1992: 16.

Types Naturhist. Mus. Basel.

Etymology L defectaHNS, fault, lack (significance unknown).

Diagnosis A unique but problematic species known only from the holotype major, tentatively placed in the piliferaHNS group because of the 2-toothed hypostoma but equally well placed in the flavensHNS group because of the overall habitus; the discovery of the minor may help settle the matter. Close in habitus to nasutoidesHNS (which is placed in the flavensHNS group), but differing in promesonotal shape, smaller size of the propodeal spine and spiracle, mostly smooth and shiny body, much sparser pilosity, and different color. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.10, HL 1.10, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.56. Color Major: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the holotype major.

Biology Unknown.

figure Unique holotype, major. GUATEMALA (no further locality). Scale bar = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole defecta: casent0913303



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