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Honduras to Argentina, Caribbean. Paraguay: Alto Paraguay, Boquerón, Caaguazú, Central, Concepción, Ñeembucú, Paraguarí, Pte. Hayes
BOLD COI records suggest a remarkably widespread species, with uniform COI for specimens from Honduras, French Guiana, Ecuador, and Argentina. It is often collected in lawns and similar human-altered habitats, raising the possibility that it is a synanthropic species that has seen a range expansion associated with humans.
|Pheidole jelskii||new status||Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 307, (download)||307||20017|
|Pheidole jelskii||Radoszkowsky, O., 1884, Fourmis de Cayenne Française., Trudy Russkago Entomologicheskago Obshchestva 18, pp. 30-39: 34-35, (download)||34-35||1929|
|Pheidole jelskii||Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 35, (download)||35||21367|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in yard around house, 2 times found in agricultural area near forest, 2 times found in grassland, 1 times found in 2º tropical rainforest, 1 times found in around houses, swept ground, yard trees, low second growth vegetation, 1 times found in station lawn, 1 times found in bare soil near Raista boat landing, between lawn and trees., 1 times found in urban landscaping, 1 times found in farmland in karst area, 1 times found in Ficus-Tabebuia-Morisonia, dry forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times nest in soil, 1 times large mowed lawn area. Strays., 3 times crater nest in soil, 2 times at bait, 1 times foragers, 2 times soil crater, 1 times mound nests in road, 1 times foraging column on ground, 1 times ex rotten log, 1 times under rock, 1 times ground forager, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times search, 4 times hand collecting, 4 times direct collection, 2 times baiting, 3 times at bait, 2 times hand collection.
Elevations: collected from 5 - 762 meters, 131 meters average
Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole jelskii: casent0916061; syntype of Pheidole jelskii: casent0919781; syntype of Pheidole fallax emiliae: casent0908134, casent0908135; syntype of Pheidole fallax emiliae retifera: casent0904365, casent0904366; syntype of Pheidole jelskii antillensis: casent0908138, casent0908139; syntype of Pheidole jelskii arenicola: casent0904363, casent0904364