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Species: Pheidole dorsata   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole dorsata Wilson, 2003A: 635, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia, Guyana
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

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 dorsataHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L dorsataHNS, of a ridge or back of a hill, referring to the peaked pronotum of the major in side view.

Diagnosis A member of the tachigaliaeHNS group, characterized by 11-segmented antennae, and distinguished within it as follows. Major: in side view, pronotal profile broken by a sharp obtuse angle; rugoreticula present mesad and laterad to eye; all of dorsum of head posterior to eye transversely carinulate except for antennal scrobes, which are smooth; humeri and anterior pronotal margin rugoreticulate; postpetiole from above very broad and narrowly elliptical in shape.

Minor: space between eyes and antennal fossae carinulate, foveolate, and opaque; rest of head smooth and shiny; in full-face view, a single, very long curving hair extends from each occipital corner; eye oval and set well forward on the head.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.68, HL 0.74, SL 0.30, EL 0.08, PW 0.44.

Paratype minor: HW 0.36, HL 0.40, SL 0.28, EL 0.06, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: body light brown, appendages yellowish brown.

Minor: body medium brown, appendages brownish yellow.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The type colony was found in a shaded coffee plantation.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Finca El Recreo, Magdalena, 850 m (Charles Kugler). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in Narrow strip of riparian forest, surrounded by steep pastures.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Nest in 1cm dia dead stick on ground..

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 100 - 550 meters, 357 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole dorsata: jtlc000016366

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