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Species: Pheidole lovejoyi   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole lovejoyi Wilson, 2003A: 318, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


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

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 lovejoyiHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Named after Thomas E. Lovejoy, distinguished field biologist and my host at Fazenda Dimona.

diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group, most similar to lanigerHNS (but also scan alienataHNS, cardinalisHNS, caribbaeaHNS, fallaxHNS, jelskiiHNS, lattkeiHNS, mantillaHNS, obscuriorHNS, petrensisHNS, puttemansiHNS, rubicepsHNS, roushaeHNS, susannaeHNS, tobiniHNS), distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: in full-face view, profde of head posterior to eyes fringed by short, subrecumbent hairs of uniform length; in side view, center of pronotal dorsal profile raised as a low convexity; petiolar peduncle slender, its dorsal border concave in side view; pronotal dorsum partly carinulate; anterior strip of first gastral tergite foveolate and opaque.

Minor: nuchal collar present; propodeal spine reduced to obtuse angle.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.42, HL 1.50, SL 1.04, EL 0.20, PW 0.66.

Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.64, SL 0.94, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

Color Major: head reddish brown, mesosoma plain medium brown, gaster and appendages plain light brown. Minor: head medium brownish yellow, appendages and rest of head medium brownish yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology In lowland rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Fazenda Dimona, Smithsonian Institution Field Station, 90 km north of Manaus, Amazonas (E. O. Wilson). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 80 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole lovejoyi: jtlc000016439; Paratype Pheidole lovejoyi Wilson 2003: casent0645819

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