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Pheidole hecate WheelerHNS 1911 a: 26. Syn.: Pheidole hecate subsp. malevola WheelerHNS 191 la: 27, n. syn. ; Pheidole hecate subsp. bruesi WheelerHNS 1917g: 460, name unavailable, unresolved primary homonym of Pheidole triconstricta var. bruesi WheelerHNS 191 lb: 169.
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
etymology Gr Hecate, goddess of magic and witchcraft.
Diagnosis A member of the granulata group (4-segmented antennae), unique in both castes in the very long propodeal spines and completely carinulate mesosoma.
Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.18, SL 0.86, EL 0.20, PW 0.62. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.72, HL 0.78, SL 0.92, EL 0.16, PW 0.48. Color Major: body very dark reddish brown, appendages light to medium brown. Minor: body blackish brown, appendages medium brown.
Range An apparent Jamaican endemic, hecateHNS has been recorded from the following localities on the island: Hardwar Gap, Kingston, Newton, Troy, and southwest side of the main range, Blue Mountains, variously at 600-900 m.
figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. JAMAICA: Troy. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Wet forest on karst.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times in rotten wood, 1 times nest in rotten log.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times search, 1 times direct collection.
Elevations: collected from 380 - 1460 meters, 840 meters average
Collect Date Range: collected between 1984-03-16 and 2001-09-16
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