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Species: Pheidole veletis   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole veletis Wilson, 2003A: 246, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panama
  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 veletisHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L veletisHNS, skirmisher.

diagnosis Similar to laevinotaHNS and rufipilisHNS and somewhat less to laevifronsHNS and variegataHNS, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: yellow; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; humerus smoothly rounded in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiole subtrapezoidal from above; carinulae originating on frontal lobes extend halfway between level of eye and occiput; anterior fringe of pronotum and dorsal surface of propodeum transversely carinulate.

Minor: yellow; anterior fringe of pronotum transversely carinulate; propodeal spine reduced to denticle. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 0.94, SL 0.72, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.58, SL 0.66, EL 0.12, PW 0.38. color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known from the type locality (Las Palmas, Bolivia), from Barro Colorado Island, Panama, and from Santarem, Para, Brazil.

biology A colony found by Alfred Emerson on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, was nesting in a rotten log on the forest floor.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BOLIVIA: vicinity of Las Palmas, Santa Cruz (James C. Trager). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in 2nd growth veg., stream edge, 1 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in moist forest edge, 1 times found in montane moist forest, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in moist forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times under board in lawn.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times miniWinkler, 4 times Winkler, 1 times search, 1 times maxiWinkler.

Elevations: collected from 20 - 790 meters, 314 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole veletis: jtlc000016570; Paratype Pheidole veletis Wilson 2003: casent0645889, casent0645891

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