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Species: Pheidole tennantae   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Pheidole tennantae Wilson, 2003a: 521, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica (Atlantic lowlands).


Natural History:

Inhabits wet forest floor; nests in dead wood on ground.

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 tennantaeHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Named after the collector, Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso, myrmecologist and conservationist.

diagnosis Similar in various traits to amazonicaHNS, chalcoidesHNS, moffettiHNS, andparianaHNS, differing as follows.

Major: brown, with bicolored head; pilosity dense, with many hairs 1.5-2.0X Eye Length; in dorsal-oblique view, humerus high, descends in continuous nearly flat curve to metanotum; propodeal spines half as long as propodeal basal face preceding them; from

above, postpetiolar node oval and very narrow, only about as wide as petiolar node; dorsal surface of head carinulate except for occiput, frontal triangle, and mid-clypeus; occiput smooth with scattered foveae.

Minor: pilosity very long, some hairs 2X Eye Length; humerus in dorsal-oblique view angulate; propodeal spines moderately long, and thin; occiput narrowed somewhat, its margin concave, lacking nuchal collar. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.86, HL 0.90, SL 0.46, EL 0.14, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.50, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.32.

color Major: rear two-thirds of head, as well as frontal triangle, part of vertex, and midclypeus, dark brown and rest of head dark yellow, as depicted; waist light brown.

Minor: body dark brown; mandibles, funiculi, and tarsi medium yellow, remainder of appendages brownish yellow.

Range Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica (J. T. Longino 1997); Panama; Colombia; Venezuela; and Amazonian Peru (Tingo Maria).

Biology In Costa Rica, according to Longino (1997), tennantaeHNS (referred to by the Wilson ms. name campanae) nests in dead wood on the floor of wet forests.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: La Selva Biological Station, near Puerto Viejo, Heredia (Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 617 times found in mature wet forest, 191 times found in montane wet forest, 9 times found in CES (700.350 GIS), 8 times found in wet forest, 2 times found in SSO, 1 times found in SSO 1400, 5 times found in lowland rainforest, 2 times found in SHO 2600, 2 times found in SSA, 1 times found in lowland wet forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 594 times ex sifted leaf litter, 111 times Hojarasca, 25 times Sobre Vegetacion, 6 times Primary forest, 10 times at bait, 7 times Cerca del Refugio Cascante, 6 times Muestras tomada en el transecto de Mini Winkler #2, 5 times Camino toma de Agua, 5 times sifted litter, 1 times at cookie bait, 4 times Frente al refugio hacia el sendero entre M/14 y M/15, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 587 times miniWinkler, 101 times Mini Winkler, 35 times Berlese, 25 times Winkler, 25 times Sweeping, 19 times flight intercept trap, 8 times Lure/Bait, 18 times Malaise, 18 times Pitfall, 9 times Search & Berles, 10 times bait, ...

Elevations: collected from 50 - 800 meters, 209 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1986-07-17 and 2020-02-13

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