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Pheidole perryorumHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
etymology Named in honor of Noel Perry and family, in recognition of their outstanding contribution in service and support to tropical conservation, hence the habitats in which the PheidoleHNS ants will continue to exist.
Diagnosis A member of the diligensHNS group similar in various characters to blumenauensisHNS, rochaiHNS, and vafraHNS, differing as follows. Major: yellow; antennal scape just reaches occipital corner; pilosity of waist and gastral dorsum dense, consisting in part of hairs longer than Eye Length; propodeal spines in dorsal-oblique view directed strongly backward; postpetiole oval from above; rugoreticulum absent on head; several carinulae originating on frontal lobes travel more than halfway the distance between eye level and occiput; lower half of mesopleuron smooth and shiny.
Minor: occiput greatly narrowed but lacking nuchal collar; many hairs on head and gaster longer than Eye Length.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 0.96, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.46.
Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.64, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.36.
color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Biology The type colony was found in a lowland swamp forest.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Cachoeira das Emas (EEBP), Mun. Piracununga, Sao Paulo (William L. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Elevations: collected at 560 m