Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2013)
Taxon Page Author History
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Wilson, E. O.:
Pheidole deceptrix Forel 1899e: 66.
Etymology L deceptrix , deceiver, allusion unknown.
Diagnosis A medium-sized, brown species of uncertain affinities, distinguished as follows.
Major: head somewhat elongate, with a deep occipital cleft and subangulate corners, as illustrated, and dorsal surface longitudinally carinulate and foveolate except for occipital lobes, frontal triangle, and mid-clypeus; rugoreticulum extends from eye to antennal fossa on each side of head; all of mesosoma and sides of waist foveolate and opaque; propodeal spines thin; postpetiole seen from above elliptical and with angulate sides.
Minor: occiput not narrowed, yet possesses nuchal collar; all of head except frontal triangle and mid-clypeus and all of mesosoma foveolate and opaque; humeri in dorsal-oblique view subangulate; propodeal spines thin. Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.46, HL 1.62, SL 0.80, EL 0.20, PW 0.66. Minor in type series: HW 0.64, HL 0.74, SL 0.76, EL 0.12, PW 0.42.
color Major: concolorous medium brown except for funiculus, which is yellowish brown. Minor: body medium brown, appendages light to yellowish brown.
Range Known only from the type locality.
figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: minor, not described by Forel but attached to lectotype major and evidently part of the type series. GUATEMALA: Purulha, Baja Verapaz. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Specimen Data Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 221 times found in cloud forest, 53 times found in mesophyll forest, 11 times found in mesophil forest, 13 times found in cloud forest at night, 6 times found in edge of cloud forest, 6 times found in pasture near cloud forest, 7 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 4 times found in riparian forest, 5 times found in grassy clearing, cloud forest, 6 times found in 2º mesophil forest, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 161 times Baiting, 129 times MiniWinkler, 21 times search, 13 times Berlese, 14 times MaxiWinkler, 13 times Night MiniWinkler, 6 times Berlese/Winkler, 4 times bait, 7 times Beating, 4 times winkler, 1 times Flight Intercept Trap, ...
Elevations: collected from 900 - 2750 meters, 1636 meters average