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Species: Pheidole tenerescens   Wheeler, 1922 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole tenerescens Wheeler, 1922e PDF: 7 (s.) TRINIDAD. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Wilson, 2003A: 520.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Trinidad and Tobago
  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 tenerescens WheelerHNS

Pheidole tenerescens WheelerHNS 1922e: 7.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Presumably from L tener, soft, alluding to the relatively feeble sculpture.

Diagnosis As represented by the major, a small, yellow member of the flavensHNS group with prominent, rounded humerus that rises well above the mesonotum in dorsal-oblique view; a nearly perfectly semicircular outline of promesonotum in side view; a deep, circular metanotal groove with vertical anterior propodeal face in dorsal-oblique view; short pilosity; and mostly smooth, shiny body. Similar to nitidicollisHNS, but lacking a mesonotal convexity in side view, with shorter cephalic carinulae, smaller propodeal spiracle and spine, and yellow as opposed to medium brown gaster.

See also the less similar arhuacaHNS, flavifronsHNS, minutulaHNS, and other species listed as close to arhuacaHNS (q.v.).

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.74, HL 0.80, SL 0.34, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.

Color Major: concolorous yellow.

range Known only from the holotype major.

biology Collected by sweeping vegetation (Roland Thaxter).

FIGURE Unique holotype, major. TRINIDAD: Port of Spain (Roland Thaxter). Scale bar = 1 mm.

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