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Species: Pheidole hortonae   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Pheidole hortonae Wilson, 2003A: 709, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


Neotropical Region: Venezuela

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 hortonaeHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named in honor of Kathleen M. Horton, expert and indispensable contributor to the preparation of this PheidoleHNS monograph.

diagnosis Similar to antillanaHNS of the lesser Antilles and aviaHNS, bucculentaHNS, guilelmimuelleriHNS, hetschkoiHNS, heyeriHNS, mamoreHNS, praesesHNS, and rhytiferaHNS of South America, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: antennal lobe prominent above clypeus in side view; pilosity on dorsal surface of body long, erect to suberect, and very dense, with many of those on pronotum curving backward and many of those on mesonotum curving forward; patch of rugoreticulum present laterad to antennal fossa; rear half of head capsule smooth and shiny; pronotal dorsum mostly rugoreticulate, and dorsum of mesonotum smooth and shiny.

Minor: posterior half of the head and all of the mesosomal dorsum rugoreticulate; pilosity long, erect to suberect, and very dense, with hairs on the pronotal dorsum curving backward and those on the mesonotum curving forward. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.60, HL 1.66, SL 0.70, EL 0.18, PW 0.84. Paratype minor: HW 0.70, HL 0.74, SL 0.70, EL 0.12, PW 0.48.

color Major: body and mandibles medium reddish brown, other appendages brownish yellow. Minor: body medium brown, appendages light brown except for tarsi, which are yellow.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology In rainforest.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. VENEZUELA: Estado Aragua, Rancho Grande, 1100 m (William L. and Doris E. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in montane wet forest

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 2 times search, 2 times bait, 1 times Winkler

Elevations: collected from 1100 - 1200 meters, 1161 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole hortonae: jtlc000016406

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