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Species: Pheidole lucida   Forel, 1895 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole lucida Forel, 1895d PDF: 248 (w.) MADAGASCAR. Malagasy. Primary type information: Madagascar, Antananarivo, coll. Sikora; CASENT0101624; MHNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Madagascar
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Malagasy

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Forel, A., 1895, Nouvelles fourmis de l'Imerina oriental (Moramanga etc.)., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 39, pp. 243-251

Pheidole lucidaHNS n. sp.

[[ worker ]]. - L. 2,3 mill. - Plutot robuste. Tete presque carree a peine plus longue que large; yeux gros. Les scapes depassent l'occiput des 2 / 5 de leur longueur. Le pronotum et Je metanotum forment ensemble une forte convexite sans apparence de bourrelet, de tubercules, ni d'impression transversale. Forte incisure meso- metanotale. Face basale du metanotum convexe , sans apparence de bords, terminee par deux longues epines distantes, assez greles, pointues, subparalleles, dirigees en haut et en arriere, presque aussi longues que la face declive. N oe uds du pedicule longs et bas. Mandibules etroites, avec 4 ou 5 dents. Quelques stries sur les joues et autour des fossettes antennaires. Tout le reste tres lisse et tres luisant.

Une pilosite dressee assez longue, jaunatre, assez eparse sur le corps, plus abondante et oblique sur les pattes et les scapes. Pubescence presque nulle.

Entierement d'un jaune d'ambre, un peu rougeatre; abdomen et pattes d'un jaune d'ambre plus clair.

Andrangoloaka (M. Sikora).

J'ai longtemps hesite a decrire cette [[ worker ]], ne connaissant pas le [[ soldier ]]. Elle est cependant si caracteristique que je m'y hasarde.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 26 times found in montane rainforest, 13 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in in dry forest, 1 times found in along forested limestone ridge, 1 times found in montane rainforest, marsh edge, 1 times found in mixed tropical forest, 1 times found in tropical forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 16 times ex rotten log, 14 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times ground forager(s), 1 times ex root mat, 1 times ex dead twig above ground.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 8 times Malaise trap, 2 times pitfall trap, PF 25 cup sample transect, 5m, 3 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 1 times 10 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times GC, 1 times MW, 25 sifted litter, 1 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 1 times general collecting, 1 times pitfall trap, PF 50 traps, 11 cm dbh with water, soap, formalin, nonlinear placement.

Elevations: collected from 150 - 1620 meters, 971 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole lucida: casent0101624



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