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Species: Pheidole tepuicola   Wilson, 2003 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Pheidole tepuicola Wilson, 2003A: 239, 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

Comments:

J. Longino, 27 Apr 2014: Very similar to P. innupta.

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 tepuicolaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L tepuicolaHNS, tepui dweller.

Diagnosis A member of the diligensHNS group, similar to the species listed in the heading, distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: antennal scape exceeds occipital lobe by 2X its own maximum width; posterior third of head capsule dorsum smooth and shiny; carinulae originating on the frontal lobes relatively sparse, and those near the frontal carinae bend outward (laterad) toward the lateral margins of the head; propodeal spines reduced to erect denticles.

Minor: nuchal collar relatively thin and indistinct; propodeal spines reduced to erect denticles that point slightly forward; all of posterior dorsal half of head and of mesosomal dorsum crossed by transverse carinulae. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.24, HL 1.28, SL 1.08, EL 0.20, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.80, SL 0.96, EL 0.14, PW 0.40. color Major: concolorous brownish yellow.

Minor: head and gaster light brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages brownish yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: east slope of Kamarkabarai Tepui, Bolivar, 5°5W 62°01 W, 1800 m (J. Lattke). Scale bars = 1 mm.



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