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Species: Pheidole hector   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole hector Wilson, 2003A: 298, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica: southern Pacific slope highlands.


Natural History:

Known from single collection from San Vito area (Wilson Botanical Garden): moist forest; under dead wood.

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 hectorHNS new species

Types iNBio.

etymology Gr Hector, legendary Trojan hero.

Diagnosis A large, bicolorous brown-and-yellow member of the fallaxHNS group with exceptionally long propodeal spines, especially in the minor, dense pilosity, and angulate mesonotal convexity.

Similar to ajaxHNS, fioriiHNS, jaculiferaHNS, and lourothiHNS, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, as well as in color.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.54, HL 1.64, SL 1.36, EL 0.22, PW 0.78. Paratype minor: HW 0.78, HL 1.00, SL 1.46, EL 0.20, PW 0.56.

color Major: body medium brown; genae anterior to eyes, as well as mandibles and tarsi, a contrasting yellow.

Minor: body medium brown, legs light brown, tarsi yellow.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Under dead wood in moist forest (Longino 1997).

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: Wilson Botanical Garden, 4 km south of San Vito, Puntarenas, 1200 m (J. T. Longino). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in moist forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times under dead wood.

Elevations: collected at 1200 m

Type specimens: holotype major Pheidole hector: inbiocri001281570; Paratype Pheidole hector: inbiocri001281569

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