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Species: Pheidole subaberrans   (Kusnezov, 1952) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Elasmopheidole subaberrans Kusnezov, 1952d PDF: 71 (s.w.) ARGENTINA (Tucumán). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype major worker (by designation of Wilson, 2003a: 140). Type locality: 1 major worker, 21 minor workers Argentina: Tucumán, La Reducción, Laguna de Calimayo, 28.iii.1948, no. 1513 (N. Kusnezov) (by restriction of Kempf, 1972b PDF: 184). Type depositories: IMLT, MCZC. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paralectotype minor worker. Type locality: 1 major worker, 21 minor workers Argentina: Tucumán, La Reducción, Laguna de Calimayo, 28.iii.1948, no. 1513 (N. Kusnezov) (by restriction of Kempf, 1972b PDF: 184). Type depositories: IMLT, MCZC. Type notes: 1) Original description cites 16 syntype major workers, 83 syntype minor workers, from 8 different localities. 2) Wilson provides no lectotype data. It is therefore assumed to correspond with Kempf’s restriction of type locality, but in reality may not do so. 3) Other original syntype localities: 4 major workers, 9 minor workers Argentina: Salinas, 16.iv.1948, no. 1679 (N. Kusnezov), 5 major workers, 6 minor workers Argentina: Rio Calera, 25.iv.1948, no. 1792 (N. Kusnezov), 2 major workers, 22 minor workers Argentina: Rio Nio, 11.vii.1948, no. 2715 (N. Kusnezov), 1 major worker, 1 minor worker Argentina: Salta, Osma, 27.i.1948, no. 279 (N. Kusnezov), 1 major worker, 20 minor workers Argentina: Cerrillos, 27.i.1948, no. 533 (N. Kusnezov), 1 major worker, 4 minor workers Argentina: Aguas Blancas, 23.xi.1948, no. 3196 (N. Kusnezov), 1 major worker Argentina: Orán, 23.xi.1948, no. 4586 (N. Kusnezov). 4) Wilson does not specify depository of lectotype. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Wilson, 2003a: 140.
Status as species: Kusnezov, 1953c PDF: 337; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 184; Bolton, 1995b: 330; Wilson, 2003a: 140 (redescription).
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Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

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 subaberrans (Kusnezov)HNS

Elasmopheidole subaberrans KusnezovHNS 1952d: 71. Combination in PheidoleHNS by Kempf 1972b: 184.

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

etymology L subaberransHNS, below, i.e., almost aberransHNS.

diagnosis A member of the aberransHNS group -actually, an intermediate in habitus between the aberransHNS and tristisHNS groups -distinguished as follows.

Major: large; head bicolored; occipital carina not present as in other aberrans-gwup species; hypostoma lacking spines; in full-face view, frontal lobes broad, asymmetrical, with pointed anterior borders that just reach the anterior clypeal border; humeri very large, rising 4X higher than the mesonotal convexity in dorsal-oblique view; acute, forward-projecting process on postpetiolar venter, as seen from the side; pronotum partly covered by transverse carinulae.

Minor: low process present on venter of postpetiole, as seen from the side; semicircular carinulae cover the pronotum; propodeal spines thin, needle-like.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.44, HL 1.76, SL 0.60, EL 0.16, PW 0.86. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.68, SL 0.54, EL 0.12, PW 0.44.

Color Major: reddish yellow except for frontal lobes and borders of mandibles, which are a sharply contrasting blackish brown. Range Recorded from Tucuman and Salta, Argentina.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.



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