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Species: Pheidole palenquensis   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole palenquensis Wilson, 2003A: 482, figs. (s.w.) ECUADOR. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Ecuador
  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 palenquensisHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the type locality.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to albipesHNS, alticolaHNS, chalcaHNS, ebeninaHNS, euryscopaHNS, lustrataHNS, hedlundorumHNS, monteverdensisHNS, and serviliaHNS, distinguished as follows.

Major: very small; head quadrate; dorsal occiput covered by broken, irregular rugulae, rest of dorsal head surface carinulate except for frontal triangle and midclypeus, which are smooth; all of body foveolate and opaque except gaster, which is smooth and shiny; antennal scapes moderately long, their tips touching lateral margins of the head midway between level of eyes and level of occiput; propodeal spines curved backward ("melted" in appearance).

Minor: eye oval, set well forward on head; promesonotal profde in side view perfectly semicircular; propodeal spines curved or straight; carinulae limited to antennal fossae, and all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.66, HL 0.66, SL 0.40, EL 0.06, PW 0.34.

Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.44, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.

Color Major: body dark reddish yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Minor: body light brownish yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology The type series was collected in forest.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratypes, minor. ECUADOR: Rio Palenque Station, 47 km south of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Pichincha, 215 m (Stewart b. and Jarmila Kukalova-Peck). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 170 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole palenquensis: jtlc000016479; Paratype Pheidole palenquensis Wilson 2003: casent0645840

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