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Species: Pheidole laevivertex   Forel, 1901 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole laevivertex Forel, 1901d PDF: 131 (s.w.) MEXICO. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Wilson, 2003A: 312.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, 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 laevivertexHNS Forel

Pheidole laevivertexHNS Forel 190ld: 131.

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve; Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L laevivertexHNS, smooth top, referring to occiput.

diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group similar in various characters to the species listed in the heading above, and distinguished as follows.

Major: rugoreticulum confined to a small patch just posterior to the circular carinulae of the antennal fossae; carinulae of head reaching slightly posterior to midway between the eyes and occiput; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of propodeal dorsum transversely carinulate; pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobous; postpetiole from above oval, and foveolate. Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; anterior strip of first gastral tergite shagreened; occiput in frontal view concave.

Measurements (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Syntype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.70, SL 0.78, EL 0.14, PW 0.40. Color Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.

Minor: body and scapes dark reddish brown, rest of appendages brownish yellow.

Range Known only from Aguascalientes and Morelos, Mexico.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. MEXICO: Cuernavaca, Morelos (W. M. Wheeler). (Type locality: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.) I have compared the specimens on which the drawing is based, which are located in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, with syntypes in the Forel collection from the type locality. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in agricultural zone, 2 times found in disturbed riparian veg., 2 times found in BTS, 1 times found in zona erosionada.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in soil, 1 times suelo, debajo de una piedra, 1 times at bait, 1 times suelo, 1 times under rock, 1 times trampa de miel.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times pitfall, 2 times Directo, 1 times search, 1 times bait.

Elevations: collected from 930 - 2250 meters, 1490 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole laevivertex: casent0908226, casent0908227; syntype Pheidole laevivertex: jtlc000016424



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