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Species: Pheidole laselva   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole laselva Wilson, 2003A: 442, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Pheidole ebenina: Longino, 2009 PDF: 49.


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

Distribution Notes:

Honduras to Costa Rica. Costa Rica: Atlantic lowlands and mid-elevation slopes.


This species occurs in mature wet forest habitats. In Costa Rica it is common below 500m elevation but there are records to 1220m. Major and minor workers are common at baits and in Winkler samples. Nest are in soft rotten wood and under loose bark of rotting logs.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Pheidole laselva new species  Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 442, (download) 442 20017
Pheidole laselva   Longino, J. T., 2009, Additions to the taxonomy of New World Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 2181, pp. 1-90: 49, (download) 49 22820

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 65 times found in montane wet forest, 29 times found in mature wet forest, 28 times found in tropical wet forest, 8 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 3 times found in wet forest, 2 times found in 2nd growth wet forest, 1 times found in rainforest stream edge, 2 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in CES (700.350 GIS), 1 times found in cloud forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 106 times ex sifted leaf litter, 31 times at bait, 4 times Hojarasca, 2 times at bait nr stream edge, 1 times nest in soil, 1 times nest in clay bank, 1 times wet for. soil, 1 times One of the ALAS Berlese samples., 1 times nest under loose bark on rotten log, 1 times in dead wood on ground, 1 times Primary forest, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 89 times miniWinkler, 32 times baiting, 14 times maxiWinkler, 6 times berlese, 3 times search, 3 times Winkler, 4 times Mini Winkler, 2 times Lure/Bait, 1 times Search & Berles, 1 times Unknown.

Elevations: collected from 40 - 1120 meters, 622 meters average

Type specimens:

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