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Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology Named in honor of Charles and Helen Marie Hedlund, in recognition of their outstanding contribution in service and support to tropical conservation, hence the habitats in which the PheidoleHNS ants will continue to exist.
Diagnosis A large, medium reddish brown (major) or plain light brown (minor) member of the flavensHNS group, with a mostly smooth, shiny body surface and dense, exceptionally long pilosity. Similar to lustrataHNS, differing in the major in lighter body color, larger size, rounded humerus in dorsal-oblique view, presence of wavy hairs on the promesonotum; and less extensive foveolation on the mesopleuron and propodeum; and in the minor in the broader occiput in full-face view, more posterior position of the eye, round eye shape, and shorter scape length.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.20, SL 0.62, EL 0.14, PW 0.58.
Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.62, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.
Color Major: body rich medium reddish brown, appendages a lighter shade.
Minor: light brown, tarsi yellow.
Range Known only from the type series.
Biology Collected from leaf litter in wet montane forest.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Estado Aragua, Rancho Grande, 1100 m (William L. and Doris E. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.