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Pheidole longisetaHNS new species
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
etymology L longisetaHNS, long-haired.
Diagnosis A medium-sized, brown species with extremely long, relative sparse, erect to suberect pilosity.
Major: the cephalic sculpturing is confined to the anterior half of the head and consists in part of rugoreticulum mesad to the eyes.
Minor: propodeal spine greatly reduced, pronotum smooth and shining.
Similar to pubiventrisHNS, sensitivaHNS, and variegataHNS, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated. See also the less similar blumenauensisHNS, rochaiHNS, seeldrayersiHNS, and vafraHNS.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.16, SL 0.88, EL 0.18, PW 0.58.
Paratype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.74, SL 0.98, EL 0.16, PW 0.42.
color Major: body medium brown, appendages a slightly contrasting medium yellowish brown.
Minor: head, mesosoma, and peduncles of petiole and postpetiole dark brown; nodes of petiole and postpetiole, gaster, and appendages a contrasting medium brown.
range Known from the type locality, and from 90 km north of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil (E. O. Wilson).
Biology The type colony was nesting in a small white-wood rotten log on the floor of terra firme forest.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Cuzco Amazonico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios (Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Elevations: collected at 200 m