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Species: Pheidole carapunco   Kusnezov, 1952 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole carapunco Kusnezov, 1952d PDF: 82 (s.w.q.m.) ARGENTINA (Tucumán). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: 4 syntype major workers, 46 syntype minor workers, 2 syntype queens, 5 syntype males. Primary type locality: 2 major workers, 20 minor workers, 4 males Argentina: Tucumán, between Tafi del Valle and Infiernillos, ca 2600 m., 13.iii.1948, no. 1295 (N. Kusnezov), 2 major workers, 26 minor workers, 2 queens, 1 male with same data but 11.iii.1948, no. 1330. Primary type depositories: IMLT, MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Kusnezov, 1953c PDF: 337; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 188; Bolton, 1995b: 319; Wilson, 2003a: 389 (redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina
  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 carapunco KusnezovHNS

Pheidole carapunco KusnezovHNS 1952d: 82.

types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard; Inst. Miguel Lillo, Tucuman.

Etymology Named after the type locality.

Diagnosis Placed tentatively in the flavensHNS group, but with a habitus intermediate to that of the tristisHNS group.

Major: large (for flavensHNS group); carinulae originating on anterior margin of the eye spread forward from one another in traveling to the genal border; a broad, continuous band of rugoreticulum extends from the inner margin of one eye to that of the other across the vertex. The true characteristics of this species will remain problematic until fresh material is collected.

measurements (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.24, SL 0.62, EL 0.20, PW 0.54.

Minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.60, SL 0.48, EL 0.10, PW 0.14.

Color Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.

Minor: head and gaster yellowish brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages dark yellow.

range A temperate montane Argentine species, known only from Salta and Tucuman.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: syntype, major (a composite from 2 damaged specimens; Carapunco, between Tafi de Valle and Infiernillos, Tucuman, 2600 m, N. Kusnezov). Lower: minor (El Rey, Salta, 2200 m, N. Kusnezov). The major syntype is partly decayed, and may have lost most of its pilosity. The El Rey minor is undecayed, and the pilosity appears intact. Scale bars = 1 mm.

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