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Pheidole zelataHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology L zelataHNS, ardent, enthusiastic.
Diagnosis A member of the diligensHNS group similar in various characters to coffeicolaHNS, gagatesHNS, hoelldobleriHNS, mooreorumHNS, peregrinaHNS, spilotaHNS, and venatrixHNS, distinguished as follows.
Major: reddish yellow; propodeal spine long, narrow, needle-like; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa; pronotal dorsum, foveolate, its anterior fourth transversely carinulate; anterior face of propodeum seen in dorsal-oblique view drops precipitously to metanotum; a small convexity present in middle of pronotal dorsum.
Minor: propodeal spine thin, needle-like; space between eye and antennal fossa both foveolate and carinulate; rest of head smooth; all of mesosoma foveolate; pilosity on dorsal mesosomal border consists of evenly spaced pairs of setae. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.22, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.68, SL 0.90, EL 0.18, PW 0.42.
color Major: light reddish yellow except for head anterior to eyes and appendages, which are plain yellow.
Minor: head and body light brown except head anterior to eyes and gaster, which are brownish yellow; antennae brownish yellow; rest of appendages plain yellow.
Range Known only from the type locality.
Biology The majors and minors in the type series were collected as foragers on the ground of rainforest.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BOLIVIA: 35 km south-southeast of Flor de Oro, Santa Cruz, 13Ã‚Â°50'S 60Ã‚Â°52W, 450 m (Philip S. Ward). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in wet forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times at bait, 1 times ex sifted litter.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times bait, 1 times Winkler.
Elevations: collected from 81 - 450 meters, 207 meters average