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Species: Pheidole veletis   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Pheidole veletis Wilson, 2003a: 246, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

Comments:

J. Longino, 6 Nov 2021: Wilson's species chrysops (Brazil, Pará), midas (Trinidad), perryorum (Brazil, Sao Paulo), and veletis (Bolivia) all look like Forel's rochai (Brazil, Ceará) to me. The measurements overlap, and the images look very similar.

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 veletisHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L veletisHNS, skirmisher.

diagnosis Similar to laevinotaHNS and rufipilisHNS and somewhat less to laevifronsHNS and variegataHNS, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: yellow; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; humerus smoothly rounded in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiole subtrapezoidal from above; carinulae originating on frontal lobes extend halfway between level of eye and occiput; anterior fringe of pronotum and dorsal surface of propodeum transversely carinulate.

Minor: yellow; anterior fringe of pronotum transversely carinulate; propodeal spine reduced to denticle. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 0.94, SL 0.72, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.58, SL 0.66, EL 0.12, PW 0.38. color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known from the type locality (Las Palmas, Bolivia), from Barro Colorado Island, Panama, and from Santarem, Para, Brazil.

biology A colony found by Alfred Emerson on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, was nesting in a rotten log on the forest floor.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BOLIVIA: vicinity of Las Palmas, Santa Cruz (James C. Trager). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in 2nd growth veg., stream edge, 1 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in moist forest edge, 1 times found in montane moist forest, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in moist forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times under board in lawn.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times miniWinkler, 4 times Winkler, 1 times search, 1 times maxiWinkler.

Elevations: collected from 20 - 790 meters, 314 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1982-04-01 and 2015-01-20

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole veletis: jtlc000016570; Paratype Pheidole veletis Wilson 2003: casent0645889, casent0645891



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