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Species: Pheidole laticornis

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

Pheidole laticornis Wilson, 2003A: 203, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki


Costa Rica: lowlands of both slopes.


Natural History:

This species occurs in open, highly disturbed habitats. It nests in the soil and under stones.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Wilson, E. O.:
etymology L laticornis , broad-horned, referring to the basally widened scape.
Diagnosis A member of the diligens group close to coffeicola and vafra and differing from that species and other diligens group members by the following combination of traits.
Major: scape broadened at the base, wider there than near the apex; head dark yellow, with brown spot on vertex; propodeal spines reduced to denticles.
Minor: propodeal spines reduced to denticles; occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar. Other traits as illustrated.
measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.02, HL 1.08, SL 0.76, EL 0.18, PW 0.58. Paratype minor: HW 0.48, HL 0.60, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.34.
color Major: body and head dark yellow, with fuzzy, circular brown spot on vertex, except for gaster, which is yellowish brown. Minor: mesosoma, petiole, and appendages dark yellow; head, postpetiole, and gaster yellowish to plain light brown.
range Known from the type locality and from Agua Caliente and Cartago, Costa Rica.
Biology Unknown.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: Palmar, Puntarenas (E. O. Wilson). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 52 times found in 2ยบ lowland rainforest, 1 times found in cement patio area near buildings of cacao research station, 1 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in riparian dry forest, 1 times found in town center, 1 times found in dry forest, 1 times found in beach edge

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 50 times baiting, 7 times Search, 3 times bait, 1 times Malaise

Elevations: collected from 5 - 700 meters, 86 meters average

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole laticornis: jtlc000016428

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