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Species: Pheidole similigena   Wheeler, 1937 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole similigena Wheeler, 1937b PDF: 446 (s.w.) CUBA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Wilson, 2003A: 508.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Cuba
  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 similigena WheelerHNS

Pheidole similigena WheelerHNS 1937b: 446.

types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L similigenaHNS, similar cheeks (genae), allusion unknown.

diagnosis Especially similar to terresiHNS of Hispaniola but also sharing traits with amabilisHNS, arhuacaHNS, citrinaHNS, crinitaHNS, delicataHNS, hedlundorumHNS, laselvaHNS, mallotaHNS, melastomaeHNS, nitidicollisHNS, and tillandsiarumHNS, differing as follows.

Major: light reddish brown; eyes very small, Eye Length less than one-tenth Head Width; head subrectangular, with moderately deep occipital cleft; mesonotal convexity present but rudimentary; carinulae cover most of anterior half of dorsal head surface, and rest of body entirely smooth and shiny; propodeal spines moderately long, and thick at base; postpetiole from above elliptical, with angulate sides.

Minor: body almost completely smooth and shiny; eyes relatively small; occiput broad, its margin flat in full-face view; propodeal spines moderately long and thin.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.08, SL 0.50, EL 0.08, PW 0.46. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.44, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

Color Major: concolorous light reddish brown except for gaster, which is medium reddish brown. Minor: concolorous light yellowish brown.

Range In addition to the types from Las Villas Province, I have seen specimens from Sierra de Mesa, Pinar del Rio, also in Cuba (Jorge Fontenla).

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. CUBA: Buenos Aires, Trinidad Mts., Las Villas, 750-1100 m (P. J. Darlington). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in pluviselva, 1 times found in hardwood forest, 1 times found in mixed pine forest, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in scrub forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 5 times ex sifted litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 130 - 446 meters, 346 meters average

Type specimens:

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