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Species: Pheidole sexspinosa   Mayr, 1870 

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Pheidole sexspinosa biroi, Pheidole sexspinosa fuscescens

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 2 valid subspecies

Pheidole sexspinosa Mayr, 1870b PDF: 977 (s.w.) TUVALU. Oceania. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Current subspecies: nominal plus P. s. biroi, P. s. fuscescens.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Fiji, French Polynesia, Micronesia, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Oceania

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in upland forest litter, SE edge of swamp forest, 4 times found in rainforest, 30am on a sunny, sunny day (already!) times found in Didn't see Anoplolepis; PB baiting along trail; Iridomyrmex collected in Savannah area ~8, 3 times found in from stick in leaf litter, 1 times found in trail nr. Lake, 2 times found in secondary coconut agroecosystem, 2 times found in village, 2 times found in primary rainforest, 1 times found in Under stone near restaurant, 1 times found in PB and maple syrup baiting around property, esp at edge of forest in back; early morning, after heavy rain; Also some good incidental collections under coconut husks and on tre, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 1 times along trail; Iridomyrmex collected in Savannah area, 6 times leaf litter (1 sq meter), 3 times from stick in leaf litter, 1 times outer wall and inner stones small stonework, immediately surrounding church, 1 times Under stone near restaurant, 1 times from rootball of Asplenium, 2 times sifted from 1m² leaf litter; from stick nest, 1 times old growth beginning of zone UP2H; Camponotus maculates-group nest same stick in trail, as T. albipes nest, lots of T. albipes, 1 times lots of T. albipes, no A. gracilipes; great looking mushroom stinkhorn at N07�35.967 E134�33.957 some all-yellow tetramorium on top feeding, 1 times leaf litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 12 times hand collected|aspirator, 19 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator, 8 times hand collected, 9 times winkler, 7 times hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, maple syrup, 2 times hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, 4 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, 3 times hand collection, 3 times hand, 1 times H, 1 times L, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 780 meters, 264 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1930-08-30 and 2015-04-19

Type specimens: cotype: lacment182082; syntype: casent0249104; syntype of Pheidole sexspinosa: casent0919761

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