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Species: Pheidole lucaris   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole lucaris Wilson, 2003A: 446, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Costa Rica
  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 lucarisHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L lucarisHNS, from a grove, referring to the type locality.

Diagnosis A medium sized, concolorous brown member of the flavensHNS group characterized in the major by a somewhat flattened head in side view; relatively long, abundant, erect hairs on the mesosoma, waist, and gaster; short, equilateral propodeal spine in side view; longitudinal carinulae (but no rugoreticulum) covering the anterior dorsal half of the head, with middle section of clypeus smooth; postpetiolar node seen from above trapezoidal; and mesosoma mostly smooth and shiny.

Similar in some but not all of these traits to chalcaHNS, delicataHNS, and ulothrixHNS, and differing in others, as well as in additional details of

body form, sculpturing, pilosity, and color, as variously indicated.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.82, HL 0.92, SL 0.54, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.40, EL 0.08, PW 0.28.

Color Major: body dark brown, appendages medium brown.

Minor: body medium brown, tarsi yellow, and remainder of appendages light brown.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The type colony was collected in Atlantic lowland rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Caraguatatuba Reserve, Sao Paulo state, 40-80 m (William L. and Doris E. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest, 3 times found in montane wet forest, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in CC 1200m., 2 times found in CC 1200 m..

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times under loose bark, 3 times Copa de arbol, 2 times ex sifted leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times Fogging, 3 times Malaise, 2 times miniWinkler.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 500 meters, 180 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole lucaris: jtlc000016440

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