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Species: Pheidole tachirana   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole tachirana Wilson, 2003A: 515, 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 tachiranaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the state in which the type colony was found.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to cerinaHNS, hizemopsHNS, mackayiHNS, miconHNS, and tenebraHNS, differing as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; mesonotal convexity subangular; small subangulate process present on postpetiolar venter; anterior third of dorsum and posterior lower margin of pronotum carinulate; lower sides of pronotum foveolate; a small patch of rugoreticulum present posterior to each antennal fossa; carinulae just mesad to each eye extend only about 2X Eye Length beyond the eye.

Minor: head and mesosoma entirely foveolate; propodeal spines short and thin; occiput broad, its margin feebly concave, nuchal collar absent.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.72, HL 0.84, SL 0.40, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

Color Major: body medium reddish yellow, appendages plain medium yellow.

Minor: body dark yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology A male was with the type colony at the time of collection 9 August.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: El Espinal, near Michelena, Tachira, 1260 m (John Lattke). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 1260 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole tachirana: jtlc000016548; Paratype Pheidole tachirana Wilson 2003: casent0645878



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