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Species: Pheidole monstrosa   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Pheidole monstrosa Wilson, 2003A: 255, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

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 monstrosaHNS new species

types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology NL monstrosaHNS, strange.

diagnosis A member of the distortaHNS group, closest to distortaHNS, reclusiHNS, and scapulataHNS, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: dorsal half of head in side view moderately concave; occiput, frontal lobes, frontal triangle, and clypeus longitudinally carinulate, rest of dorsal head surface rugoreticulate; dorsa of promesonotum, petiolar node, and postpetiolar node rugoreticulate; anterior fourth of first gastral tergite striate; promesonotum in profile raised and strongly convex, descending to the metanotum through a nearly vertical face.

Minor: almost all of head and all of promesonotal dorsum conspicuously carinulate. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.42, HL 1.84, SL 0.68, EL 0.20, PW 0.84. Paratype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.64, SL 0.56, EL 0.12, PW 0.42.

color Major: head and mesosoma light to medium reddish brown, waist and gaster dark brown, appendages medium brown. Minor: body and head dark brown except anterior fifth of gena, which is yellowish brown; appendages medium to dark brown.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Cuiaba, Mato Grosso (James C. Trager). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 200 m

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole monstrosa: jtlc000016462; Paratype Pheidole monstrosa Wilson 2003: casent0645833, casent0645834

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