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Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
diagnosis Similar in various traits to amabilisHNS, arhuacaHNS, citrinaHNS, crinitaHNS, delicataHNS, hedlundorumHNS, laselvaHNS, melastomaeHNS, nitidicollisHNS, similgenaHNS, terresiHNS, and tillandsiarumHNS, differing as follows.
Major: yellow; head as broad as long; antennal scapes long, their tips touching sides of head much more than halfway from eye to occipital corner; propodeal spines moderately long, directed backward, and curved; pilosity long, and many of the hairs curved and tangled; promesonotal profile flat; apex of petiolar node in side view broad and rounded; postpetiole from above elliptical, with angulate sides; carinulae cover only anterior half of head dorsum; most of body smooth and shiny.
Minor: eye narrow; occiput broad, convex; antennal scapes exceed occipital margins by a third their own length; propodeal spines very thin, needle-like.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.90, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.42.
Paratype minor: HW 0.48, HL 0.54, SL 0.60, EL 0.06, PW 0.30.
color Major: concolorous medium yellow, with a dark yellow spot on vertex.
Minor: concolorous dark yellow.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PANAMA: Nusagandi, San Bias (Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, isolated peak with oak trees, 3 times found in montane wet forest, along ridge leading to stream, oak trees present, probably mature or old 2nd growth with relict trees, near pasture, 1 times found in montane wet forest, near streams, 1 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, near stream, large oak trees, near pasture, 1 times found in montane wet forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 10 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times at bait, 1 times sifted litter.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 8 times miniWinkler, 1 times baiting, 2 times maxiWinkler, 1 times Winkler.
Elevations: collected from 730 - 1670 meters, 991 meters average
Type specimens: holotype Pheidole mallota: jtlc000016446