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Species: Pheidole amata   Forel, 1901 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Pheidole amata Forel, 1901j PDF: 360 (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Wilson, 2003a: 651.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia
  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 amataHNS Forel

Pheidole amataHNS Forel 190lj: 360.

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve.

Etymology L amataHNS, loved passionately, reference unknown.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to ambiguaHNS, celaenaHNS, feraHNS, germainiHNS, peruvianaHNS, rutilanaHNS, schwarzmaieriHNS, superbaHNS, and vomerHNS, differing as follows.

Major: mostly reddish yellow; lower pronotal margin, upper half of mesopleuron, and sides of propodeum bearing curved carinulae, those on mesopleuron S-shaped; eye bean-shaped, with concave ventral border; clypeus prominent and long in side view but lacking any process; head subrectangular; occipital cleft deep; humerus in dorsal-oblique view prominent, subangulate; petiolar node thin in side view, and broad, elliptical, and marginally angular seen from above.

Minor: propodeal spine absent; occiput narrowed to a neck with nuchal collar; posterior half of mesonotum carinulate. Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.54, HL 1.88, SL 0.82, EL 0.28, PW 0.80. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.74, SL 0.86, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.

Color Major: body reddish yellow except for gaster; which is plain medium brown; appendages reddish yellow. Minor: body medium brown, verging to yellow at level of clypeus; appendages medium yellow. Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Forel discovered the type colony of amataHNS in 1896 at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, nesting in the soil of virgin rainforest.

Figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. COLOMBIA: Ouriheka, near Rio Frio, Magdalena (Auguste Forel). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole amata: casent0908158; paralectotype of Pheidole amata: casent0908159

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