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Species: Pheidole punctithorax   Borgmeier, 1929 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole punctithorax Borgmeier, 1929 PDF: 210, pl. 7, fig. 5 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Wilson, 2003A: 342.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil
  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 punctithorax BorgmeierHNS

Pheidole punctithorax BorgmeierHNS 1929: 210.

Types Mus. Zool. Univ. Sao Paulo.

Etymology l punctithoraxHNS, punctate chest, evidently referring to the wholly foveolate mesosomas of both castes.

diagnosis A member of the " jujuyensisHNS complex" of the larger fallaxHNS group, comprising araneoidesHNS, cuevasiHNS, durioneiHNS, jujuyensisHNS, kugleriHNS, leoninaHNS, leptinaHNS, lucretiiHNS, lupusHNS, paraensisHNS, punctithoraxHNS, tijucanaHNS, wallaceiHNS, and wolfringiHNS, which complex is characterized by slender body form and exceptionally long scapes and petiolar pedicel; also in the major by a proportionately small head; and in the minor by a strongly developed nuchal collar. P. punctithoraxHNS is distinguished as follows.

Major: pilosity sparse; occiput narrowed so that its width in full face is much less than that of the clypeus; a loose, large-celled rugoreticulum is limited to the space mesad to the eyes and forward of it; the humerus and petiolar node are subangulate; all of the occiput, mesosoma, and waist are foveolate and opaque; anterior third of first gastral tergite is shagreened and opaque. Minor: all of mesosoma and waist, as well as a strip running from the eye to the occiput, foveolate and opaque; neck only moderately narrowed. Major and minor: reddish brown.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.24, HL 1.32, SL (antennae missing), EL 0.22, PW 0.64.

Paratype minor not measured.

color Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.

Minor: gaster light reddish brown, rest of body and appendages medium reddish brown.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major (antennae missing from specimen). Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole punctithorax: casent0913405

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