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Species: Pheidole pelor   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole pelor Wilson, 2003A: 547, figs. (s.w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: United States
  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 pelorHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Gr pelorHNS, prodigy, monster, referring to the bizarre head form.

Diagnosis A typical member of the lamiaHNS group: the major has a phragmotic head, with the anterior portion incorporating the clypeus and mandibles flattened (truncated), and deep antennal scrobes. This species is easily distinguished from the other members of the lamiaHNS group ( colobopsisHNS, lamiaHNS, trunculaHNS) by the rugoreticulate posterior dorsum of the head, preceded by parallel longitudinal carinulae that extend to all the surface of the frontal lobes, and by the irregularly rugose sculpturing of the central part of the clypeus. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.30, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.64, SL 0.46, EL 0.10, PW 0.40. color Major: concolorous dark yellow. Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality, and two other localities in central Texas (Pedernales State Park, Blanco Co. and Junction, Kimble Co.). At the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin, it occurs with the similar species P. lamiaHNS.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype major. Lower: paratype, minor. TEXAS: Brackenridge Laboratory, a field station of the University of Texas in Austin (D. H. Feener). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in in shaded area of lawn.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times from cryptic soil nest.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times collecting with Gary Umphrey and M. Alex Smith, 2 times direct collection, 2 times malaise trap.

Elevations: collected from 100 - 180 meters, 140 meters average

Type specimens:

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