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Species: Pheidole tillandsiarum   Wheeler, 1934 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole floridana subsp. tillandsiarum Wheeler, 1934g PDF: 166 (s.w.) MEXICO. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Raised to species: Wilson, 2003A: 525.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

Comments:

J. Longino, 27 Apr 2014: Could be P. flavens.

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 tillandsiarum WheelerHNS, new status

Pheidole floridana var. tillandsiarum WheelerHNS 1934g: 166.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L tillandsiarumHNS, belonging to tillandsias (bromeliad epiphytes).

diagnosis Similar in various details to amabilisHNS, arhuacaHNS, citrinaHNS, crinitaHNS, delicataHNS, floridanaHNS, hedlundorumHNS, mallotaHNS, melastomaeHNS, nitidicollisHNS, similigenaHNS, and terresiHNS, differing as follows.

Major: yellow; occipital lobes smooth and shiny, and most of rest of head carinulate and sparsely foveolate; carinulate immediately mesad to eye curve forward (in side view) to travel to the anterior genal border; mesonotal convexity present but rudimentary; entire mesosoma foveolate; postpetiole from above trapezoidal.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.86, HL 0.90, SL 0.44, EL 0.12, PW 0.40.

color Major: medium yellow with reddish overtone except for appendages and gaster, which are plain medium yellow. Range Known only from the type locality.

biology The type colony was collected from an epiphyte (Tillandsia streptophylla).

Figure Lectotype, major. MEXICO: Mirador, Veracruz (Elisabeth Skwarra). (Minor not seen.) Scale bar = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nesting in Tillandsia streptophylla.

Elevations: collected at 900 m

Type specimens: lectotype Pheidole tillandsiarum: jtlc000016556



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