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TYPES Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
etymology Named after the distinguished myrmecologist and field biologist Philip S. Ward.
Diagnosis A very distinctive species, easily distinguished by the following combination of traits.
Major: posterior profile of dorsal head surface strongly concave; hypostomum 2-toothed; entire posterior half of cephalic dorsum and all of promesonotum rugoreticulate; propodeal spines very long and stout.
Minor: occiput and promesonotum rugoreticulate; lateral thirds of head in full-face view rugulose; humeri cornulate; propodeal spines very long and thin.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.10, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.52, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.36.
Color Major: gaster and legs yellowish brown, rest of body and mandible reddish brown. Minor: concolorous brownish yellow.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Biology Collected in lowland rainforest.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. HONDURAS: Lancetilla, near Tela (William L. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 19 times found in montane wet forest, 14 times found in lowland rainforest, 7 times found in montane rainforest, 4 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 5 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 4 times found in lowland wet forest, 2 times found in Bosque Tropical Húmedo, 1 times found in moist forest, 1 times found in 2º wet forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 33 times at bait, 27 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times nest in rotten log, 4 times beating vegetation, 1 times at bait on dead wood, 1 times nest in dead wood.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 33 times Baiting, 18 times MiniWinkler, 5 times search, 5 times Winkler, 4 times Beating, 3 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times Berlese, dung baited times PF.
Elevations: collected from 30 - 1240 meters, 756 meters average
Type specimens: paratype Pheidole wardi: jtlc000016574