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Species: Pheidole laudatana   Wilson, 2003 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole laudatana Wilson, 2003A: 715, figs. (s.w.) DOMINICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Dominica, Guadeloupe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    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 laudatanaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Name based on the type locality.

Diagnosis A member of the tristisHNS group, and in particular the complex of West Indian species that include alayoiHNS, bakeriHNS, macromischoidesHNS, and naylaeHNS of Cuba, hispaniolaeHNS of the Dominican Republic, and godmaniHNS of St. Vincent, as well as their close relatives sabinaHNS of Mexico and prattorumHNS of Costa Rica. Distinguished in the major and minor workers by a unique combination of traits in shape and sculpturing, especially in the head and mesonotum, size of the propodeal spine, overall pilosity, and other characters as shown.

measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.18, SL 0.72,. EL 0.12, PW 0.58.

Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.64, SL 0.64, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

Color Major: body and mandibles light brown, other appendages yellow.

Minor: body light yellowish brown, mandibles and other appendages medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality in montane Dominica.

Biology The type series was collected in elfin forest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. DOMINICA, WEST INDIES: Morne Macaque, elfin forest on road to Fresh Water Lake, 1.5 km east of Laudat, about 800 m (M. E. and P. D. Perkins). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 11 times found in wet cloud forest, 4 times found in montane forest, 2 times found in wet Clusia elfin forest, 1 times found in wet montane forest, 1 times found in wet rainforest, 1 times found in old coffee forest, 1 times found in elfin forest, 1 times found in dry trop. decid. forest, 1 times found in littoral scrub, 1 times found in peak, montane forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 24 times ex sifted leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 24 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 15 - 1189 meters, 835 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole laudatana: casent0646276, jtlc000016430



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