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|See also: Wilson, 2003A: 357.|
types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve; Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology Named after the Toltec, Amerindian ruling people of central Mexico from 10th to 12th century A.D. Diagnosis A large, completely foveolate and opaque member of the fallaxHNS group, somewhat similar to aequisetaHNS and gouldiHNS. Major: antennal scape just attains occipital comer; pilosity of head and mesosoma short, erect to suberect, and mostly of same length; propodeal spines long and relatively thin; rugoreticulum forms a band from eye to eye, anterior to near anterior border of head, and onto frontal lobes; center of pronotal dorsum with broken, scattered rugulae; humerus prominent, subangular; postpetiole from above elliptical.
Minor: body completely foveolate; propodeal spines one-third as long as the basal propodeal face anterior to them, and thin; occiput narrow and with nuchal collar.
Measurements (mm) Major (Michoacan, Mexico): HW 1.72, HL 1.82, SL 1.44, EL 0.30, PW 0.88. Syntype minor: HW 0.86, HL 1.06, SL 1.40, EL 0.22, PW 0.62.
color Major: head and appendages light reddish brown, rest of body medium reddish brown.
Minor: concolorous medium dull brown except for anterior rim of head capsule and mandibles, which are yellowish brown.
Range Recorded from Cuemavaca, Morelos (type locality); Cuautla, Morelos; San Jose Purua, Michoacan (Robert J. Hamton); and 95 km north of Acapulco, Guerrero.
Biology The Cuautla workers were in a house, and those collected in San Jose Purua, Michoacan, were collected in tropical scrub.
figure Upper: major, with minor compared with syntype minor (San Jose Purua, Michoacan, Mexico; R. J. Hamton). Lower: syntype, minor (Cuemavaca, Morelos, Mexico; W. M. Wheeler). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in Deciduous tropical forest, 1 times found in Dry tropical woodland.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times under rock, 1 times on patio walk, 1 times on patio, 1 times in timbers of building, 1 times foraging on high rock wall.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Colecta directa, 1 times lot 33.
Elevations: collected from 1186 - 1960 meters, 1664 meters average
Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole tolteca: casent0908121