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Species: Pheidole rhytifera   Wilson, 2003 

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

Pheidole rhytifera Wilson, 2003A: 739, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

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

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 rhytiferaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L rhytiferaHNS, bearing a horn, referring to the profile of the frontal lobe.

Diagnosis Similar to the species listed in the heading above, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: shallow antennal scrobes present; frontal lobe in side view angulate and turning upward; postpetiole sharply cornulate; posterior half of head and all the rest of the body smooth and shiny.

Minor: occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar; humerus with tooth in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spine reduced and erect; entire body and head smooth and shiny.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.34, HL 1.44, SL 0.60, EL 0.10, PW 0.76. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.60, SL 0.66, EL 0.12, PW 0.36. Color Major and minor: light brown.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Rancho Grande, Parque Nacional Pittier, 1000-1200 m (J. D. Weintraub). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in 2nd growth forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times in Cecropia palmatisecta sapling.

Elevations: collected from 1100 - 1160 meters, 1151 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole rhytifera: jtlc000016511



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