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Species: Pheidole kuna   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole kuna Wilson, 2003A: 441, figs. (s.w.) PANAMA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

Comments:

J. Longino, 30 Mar 2014: I am treating P. kuna as a junior synonym of P. flavens. Wilson also doubted its distinctness, basing the species on color differences. The P. kuna types are slightly bicolored, with gaster a bit darker than the rest of the body. The whole body is somewhat darker than the typical orange color of P. flavens. But it is still well within my somewhat broad concept of P. flavens.

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, pp. -1--1

Pheidole kunaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology KunaHNS, Amerindian tribe of the San Bias region.

Diagnosis a very small, bicolorous member of the flavensHNS group close to flavensHNS, with which it may be synonymous, and tayronaHNS, distinguished from both in the major, which has a distinctive bicolorous body and angulate mesonotum. See also brevisetaHNS, hizemopsHNS, lignicolaHNS, miconHNS, and tenebraHNS.

measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.68, HL 0.74, SL 0.40, EL 0.08, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.36, HL 0.40, SL 0.34, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

color Major and minor: gaster and postpetiole light brown; rest of body and appendages reddish yellow.

Range Known only from the type series.

Biology In rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PANAMA: Nusagandi, San Bias Province (Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso). Scale bars = 1 mm.



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