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Species: Pheidole styrax   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole styrax Wilson, 2003A: 513, 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 styraxHNS new species

types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr styraxHNS, point at the butt end of a spear, referring to narrow petiolar node of the major.

Diagnosis A medium-large, brown member of the flavensHNS group whose major is distinguished by the unusual bidentate anterior margin of the clypeus; heart-shaped frontal profile of the head; completely carinulate clypeus; shallow antennal fossa; high, subangulate pronotal humerus in dorsal-oblique view; angulate mesonotal convexity and deep, semicircular metanotal groove; and narrow petiolar node in side view.

Similar to bidensHNS in possession of a bidentate clypeus and general habitus but differing in presence of an antennal scrobe and many other details of body form, sculpturing, pilosity, and color, as shown and described (q.v.). See also the less similar moffettiHNS, nasutoidesHNS, and tennantaeHNS.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.12, SL 0.58, EL 0.14, PW 0.52.

Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.62, SL 0.54, EL 0.12, PW 0.38.

Color Major: body and mandibles medium brown, other appendages yellowish brown.

Minor: body light brown, appendages brownish yellow.

Range Known only from the type series.

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Rio Negro Tachira, 550 m (John Lattke). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 550 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole styrax: jtlc000016541; Paratype Pheidole styrax Wilson 2003: casent0645876



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