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Species: Pheidole zoster   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Pheidole zoster Wilson, 2003A: 778, figs. (s.w.) PERU. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Peru
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

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 zosterHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr zosterHNS, belt, girdle, referring to the broad postpetiole.

Diagnosis A large, bicolorous (major) or reddish yellow (minor) member of the tristisHNS group whose major has a very large ovalangulate postpetiolar node, prominent subpostpetiolar convexity, dense parallel transverse carinulae covering all of the promesonotum, and completely foveolate and opaque dorsal head surface and first gastral tergite.

Minor: with large, somewhat elongated bell-shaped postpetiole; subpostpetiolar process; short, erect propodeal spines, and completely foveolate and opaque dorsal head surface and first gastral tergite.

Similar to alpinensisHNS, exarataHNS, excubitorHNS, germainiHNS, grandinodusHNS, grantaeHNS, obrimaHNS, rogeriHNS, stultaHNS, and tristisHNS, differing in many details

of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, and in color.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.64, HL 1.82, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.88.

Paratype minor: HW 0.70, HL 0.74, SL 0.68, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

color Major: head, mesosoma, and petiole reddish yellow; mandibles medium brown; postpetiole and gaster light brown; legs and antennae dark yellow. Minor: reddish yellow

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The nest contained a seed cache and males 9-12 March.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Tingo Maria (William L. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole zoster: jtlc000016582; Paratype Pheidole zoster Wilson 2003: casent0645898, casent0645899



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