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Species: Pheidole rufipilis   Forel, 1908 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole rufipilis Forel, 1908 PDF: 371 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Pheidole divexa, Pheidole impia: Wilson, 2003A: 226.


  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 rufipilisHNS Forel

Pheidole rufipilisHNS Forel 1908h: 371. Syn.: Pheidole rufipilis var. divexaHNS Forel 1908h: 372, n. syn. ; Pheidole pubiventris st. impiaHNS Santschi 1923d: 46, n. syn. Raised to species level in this monograph: infraspecific forms dioneHNS { fallaxHNS group), industaHNS { fallaxHNS group), laevinotaHNS ( diligensHNS group).

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve.

Etymology L Gr rufipilisHNS, red hair.

Diagnosis Similar to species listed in heading, but especially to laevinotaHNS, a partially sympatric species from which it differs as follows.

Major: patch of rugoreticulum located near middle of outer margin of antennal fossa; at most, sparse carinulae occur along anterior margin of pronotum; entire dorsal surface of promesonotum foveolate and opaque; upper half of propodeal side foveolate but not carinulate; postpetiole trapezoidal from above, with angulate sides; humerus in dorsal-oblique view rounded.

Minor: humerus in dorsal-oblique view rounded; entire promesonotum foveolate.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.14, SL 0.80, EL 0.22, PW 0.58.

Paralectotype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.70, SL 0.70, EL 0.18, PW 0.40.

Color Major: not recorded.

Minor: body concolorous brown, appendages a slightly contrasting yellowish brown; hair pale yellow.

Range Sao Paulo and (" pubiventris st. impiaHNS ") Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. BRAZIL: Ipiranga, Sao Paulo. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times 30 x 30 cm winkler (litter + 2 cm of soil).

Elevations: collected from 33 - 52 meters, 42 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole rufipilis: casent0908200; paralectotype of Pheidole rufipilis: casent0908201; syntype of Pheidole pubiventris impia: casent0913401; syntype of Pheidole rufipilis divexa: casent0908118, casent0908203

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