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Species: Pheidole scimitara   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole scimitara Wilson, 2003A: 228, figs. (s.w.) PERU. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Peru
  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 scimitaraHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Pers scimitaraHNS, a curved sword, referring to the propodeal spines.

diagnosis A very distinctive member of the diligensHNS group, somewhat similar to calimana, cataractaeHNS, demeterHNS, machetulaHNS, sicariaHNS, and tenuisHNS, distinguished in both major and minor by the very long propodeal spines and extremely large eyes. Also, the antennal scape of the major exceeds the occipital corner by more than its own maximum width, and the minor has a narrowed occiput with nuchal collar.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.10, SL 1.00, EL 0.24, PW 0.54. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.74, SL 0.98, EL 0.22, PW 0.40.

Color Major: head and mandibles medium to dark reddish brown; rest of body and appendages light yellowish brown Minor: head and gaster light yellowish brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Estacion Biologica de Cocha Cashu, Madre de Dios, 400 m (Diane W. Davidson). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 400 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole scimitara: jtlc000016523; Paratype Pheidole scimitara Wilson 2003: casent0645866, casent0645867



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