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DNA barcoding data show that texticeps and Central American brandaoi share very similar COI haplotypes. Pheidole texticeps minors and majors have shiny faces; minors and majors of brandaoi have foveolate faces. Pheidole texticeps is either dark brown or yellow; brandaoi is yellow. The ranges of the two forms are overlapping but interdigitated, with no known zones of sympatry.
|Pheidole texticeps||Longino, J. T., 2009, Additions to the taxonomy of New World Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 2181, pp. 1-90: 85, (download)||85||22820|
|Pheidole texticeps||new species||Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: 240, (download)||240||20017|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 76 times found in montane wet forest, 44 times found in mature wet forest, 33 times found in tropical wet forest, 23 times found in lowland wet forest, 22 times found in mesophil forest, 12 times found in wet forest, 10 times found in tropical rainforest, 9 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 7 times found in lowland rainforest, 5 times found in cloud forest, primary, along steep ridge near peak, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 109 times ex sifted leaf litter, 70 times at bait, 30 times Hojarasca, 19 times Sobre Vegetacion, 7 times Primary forest, 11 times beating vegetation, 6 times bajo de M/16, 3 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter., 4 times sifted litter, 1 times nest in soil, 3 times bajo de M/04, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 73 times baiting, 83 times miniWinkler, 27 times Winkler, 24 times Mini Winkler, 19 times Sweeping, 16 times MaxiWinkler, 14 times flight intercept trap, 8 times Lure/Bait, 13 times Beating, 3 times search, 1 times Search & Berles, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 1800 meters, 515 meters average
Type specimens: Holotype major Pheidole perdiligens: mcztype-34321; Holotype major worker Pheidole texticeps: mcztype-34347; paratype Pheidole perdiligens: jtlc000016487; paratype Pheidole texticeps: jtlc000016554