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Species: Pheidole sitiens   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole sitiens Wilson, 2003A: 348, figs. (s.w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic

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 sitiensHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L sitiensHNS, thirsty, referring to life in the dry habitat of the type locality.

Diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group, similar to the species listed in the heading above, distinguished as follows. Major: antennal scape just attaining the occipital corner; propodeal spines equilaterally triangular; anterior and lateral margins of pronotum covered by continuous "wraparound" carinulae; posterior half and entire median strip of head, as well as promesonotal dorsum and all of gaster, smooth and shiny; pilosity dense, erect to suberect, and long, many of the hairs as long as Eye Length. Minor: propodeal spines reduced to denticles; posterior half of head and all of pronotal dorsum and of gaster smooth and shiny; occiput slightly narrowed, with very thin nuchal collar.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.48, HL 1.60, SL 1.18, EL 0.24, PW 0.40. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.76, SL 0.96, EL 0.20, PW 0.40. Color Major: concolorous light brownish brown.

Minor: body plain medium brown; mandibles and tarsi dark yellow; other appendages light brown.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. TEXAS: 24 km northwest of Carrizo Springs, Dimmit Co. (O. F. Francke, J. V. Moody, F. W. Merickel). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in in nearly bare sandy gravel in full sun at roadside on slope, 1 times found in in bare soil without crater but with obvious soil disturbance.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest at base of mesquite tree, 2 times 12" crater nest around grass clump.

Elevations: collected from 84 - 94 meters, 87 meters average

Type specimens:



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