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Pheidole veletisHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology L veletisHNS, skirmisher.
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.
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 Winkler, 4 times miniWinkler, 1 times search, 1 times maxiWinkler.
Elevations: collected from 20 - 790 meters, 323 meters average