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Species: Pheidole erethizon   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole erethizon Wilson, 2003a: 154, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico
  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 erethizonHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology NL erethizonHNS, porcupine, referring to the very long, bristly pilosity of the major and minor.

Diagnosis A member of the crassicornisHNS group characterized in both the major and minor by exceptionally dense, long hair (reaching an extreme in the gastral pilosity of the major); and entire head (except frontal triangle and central piece of clypeus), mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque. In addition, the minor is unusual within the crassicornisHNS group in possessing a narrowed occiput seen in full-face view, yet nevertheless lacking a nuchal collar.

measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.34, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.64.

Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.70, SL 0.86, EL 0.16, PW 0.42.

color Major: concolorous medium yellow with a very slight reddish tinge.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

range Recorded from the type locality (Michoacan); Azizintla, Guerrero; and Miacatlan, Morelos.

biology Unknown.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: San Jose Purua, Michoacan (A. b. Hamton). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times Trampa de miel.

Elevations: collected at 1224 m

Collect Date Range: collected between 1972-02-08 00:00:00.0 and 2013-02-03 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole erethizon: casent0644195, casent0644196, jtlc000016369

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