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cf. purpurea, nubicola. Matches basic metrics and sculpture of nubicola. Differs in strong violaceous reflections; on major, shape of petiole in profile different, node less differentiated from peduncle, anterior face less concave. Looks like a fully foveolate version of purpurea. Pheidole nubicola is a montane species from eastern Mexico, Veracruz and Tamaulipas region.
At Volcan Atitlan in Guatemala, one collection of minor workers in a beating sample looks like typical purpurea, with shiny face and pronotum. Two collections at baits, in close proximity, are more robust, with dense foveolate sculpture on entire face and mesosoma. Economo sequencing places a specimen of the densely sculptured form (JTL196) close to a specimen of typical purpurea from Chiapas (Perfecto site nr Tapachula, images on antweb).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in riparian forest in ravine.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times at bait.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times Baiting.
Elevations: collected at 1160 m
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