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Species: Pheidole rubiceps   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole rubiceps Wilson, 2003A: 345, 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 rubicepsHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L rubicepsHNS, red-headed.

diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group, closest to cardinalisHNS, caribbaeaHNS, kukranaHNS, mantillaHNS, and obscuriorHNS (also scan alienataHNS, fallaxHNS, jelskiiHNS, lanigerHNS, lattkeiHNS, lovejoyi, petrensisHNS, puttemansiHNS, roushaeHNS, susannaeHNS, tobiniHNS), and distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: tip of antennal scape approaches occipital corner to within scape maximum width; posterior dorsal profde of head very weakly concave; bicolorous, with reddish yellow head and brown body; propodeal spine long and thin; postpetiole diamondshaped; pronotum bare of carinulae.

Minor: propodeal spine moderately long and very thin (needle-like); mesonotal convexity angulate; nuchal collar present. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.36, SL 1.12, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.82, SL 1.20, EL 0.16, PW 0.42.

color Major: bicolorous, with head and mandibles reddish yellow and body a contrasting plain medium brown; legs light brown except for tarsi, which are yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Rancho Grande, 1100 m (R. W. Poole). Scale bars = 1 mm.



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