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Species: Pheidole renae   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole renae Wilson, 2003A: 497, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica: mid-elevation Talamancas and Cordillera de Tilaran.


Natural History:

Inhabits wet forest leaf litter.

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 renaeHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology In honor of my wife and helper Irene (Renee) Wilson.

Diagnosis A distinctive member of the flavensHNS group, separable in the major, by the rugoreticulate occiput and anterior pronotal dorsum, cornulate humerus, steep descent of the posterior mesonotum in profde to the metanotum, and shagreened anterior half of the first gastral tergite. The minor has an obtusely angular humerus in dorsal-oblique view and steep descent of the posterior mesonotal profile. Similar to geminataHNS and lemniscaHNS.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.12, SL 0.62, EL 0.18, PW 0.54. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.60, SL 0.64, EL 0.12, PW 0.36. color Major: concolorous dark yellow. Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Mid-elevation Talamancas and Cordillera de Tilaran (Longino 1997).

Biology Leaf litter in wet forest (Longino 1997).

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: Rio Penas Blancas, Prov. Alajuela, lO^N 84A°34'W, 800 m (J. T. Longino). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in Primary wet forest, 1 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, isolated peak with oak trees, 2 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in mature rainforest, edge of forest near pasture and agricultural land, steep rocky terrain.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 10 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter on ground, 1 times wet forest litter, 2 times ex sifted litter from forest floor, 1 times at bait.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 11 times Winkler, 4 times miniWinkler, 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 510 - 1540 meters, 926 meters average

Type specimens: holotype major Pheidole renae: inbiocri001282061; paratype minor Pheidole renae: casent0644958, casent0644959; Paratype Pheidole renae: inbiocri001280651, inbiocri001280657, inbiocri001281464, inbiocri001282067, inbiocri001282163, inbiocri001282180, inbiocri001282465

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