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Species: Pheidole tambopatae   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole tambopatae Wilson, 2003A: 516, figs. (s.w.) PERU. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


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

TYPES Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology L tambopataeHNS, after the region of the type locality.

diagnosis A medium-sized species, bicolorous in an odd pattern in both castes (see description below). Similar to mincanaHNS, but the major is rugoreticulate mesad to the eye and has an oval postpetiolar node; and both castes have smaller, more vertically directed propodeal spine and somewhat shorter pilosity.

See also the less similar arhuacaHNS, caulicolaHNS, chalcaHNS, chalcoidesHNS, meinertiHNS, meinertopsisHNS, schmalziHNS, and tragicaHNS. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.84, HL 0.92, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.48, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

Color Major: occiput, dorsum of head capsule anterior to the eyes, side of the mesosoma, and all of the waist and appendages very light brown, rest of body medium to dark brown.

Minor: dorsum of head capsule anterior to the eyes, side of the mesosoma, all of the waist, and anterior two-thirds of the first gastral tergite light brown; all the rest of the body medium to dark brown.

Range Known from the type locality; from near Cali, Colombia; and from the Utinga Tract, near Belem, Para, Brazil.

biology The type colony was found beneath the bark of a tree in a treefall clearing. The Colombian colony was collected from a spiny bamboo (Guadua) grove.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Cuzco Amazonico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata River, Madre de Dios (Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in second-growth rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood).

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 200 - 650 meters, 537 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole tambopatae: jtlc000016549

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