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Species: Pheidole peltastes   Wilson, 2003 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole peltastes Wilson, 2003A: 484, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

Comments:

J. Longino, 26 Apr 2014: Although Wilson's description states that the species is known only from the type locality (Utinga Tract, near Belem, Para, Brazil), an MZC major worker from Limoncocha, Ecuador, is labeled as a paratype. The Ecuador specimen is a close match to images of the holotype major.

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 peltastesHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Gr peltastesHNS, soldier armed with a small shield.

Diagnosis Similar to the species listed in the heading above, distinguished as follows.

Major: antennal scrobes present; extensive rugoreticulum covers all the dorsal head surface from the level of the anterior margin of the eyes to the occiput, except for a median strip and the antennal scrobes.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.54, HL 0.60, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.32.

Paratype minor: HW 0.36, HL 0.38, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.22.

color Major: body light reddish yellow ("orange"), appendages light yellow.

Minor: concolorous pale yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Utinga tract, near Belem, Para (P. F. Darlington). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected from 20 - 250 meters, 96 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole peltastes: jtlc000016484, jtlc000016485; Paratype Pheidole peltastes Wilson 2003: casent0645845



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