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Species: Pheidole maja   Forel, 1886 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole maja Forel, 1886b PDF: xlviii (s.w.q.) GUATEMALA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype major worker (by designation of Wilson, 2003a: 322). Primary type locality: lectotype Guatemala: Guatemala City (Stoll) (by restriction of Wilson, 2003a: 322). Primary type depositories: MCZC, MHNG. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paralectotype minor worker. Secondary type locality: same as for lectotype. Secondary type depositories: MCZC, MHNG. Type notes: 1) Original description includes more than one major worker and at least one queen. 2) Other original syntype locality: Guatemala: Tecpam, 7000 ft (Stoll). 3) Wilson does not specify depository of lectotype. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Wilson, 2003a: 322.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Guatemala
  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, pp. -1--1

Pheidole majaHNS Forel

Pheidole major Forel 1886b: xvliii.

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve; Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Possibly Gr maia, good mother, nurse.

Diagnosis a member of the fallaxHNS group somewhat similar to the species listed in the heading above, distinguished as follows. Major: very sparse pilosity, with no hairs on full-face profde (types may be degraded); head elliptical in profde, narrowing conspicuously in side view; in dorsal-oblique view, pronotal profile smoothly convex; petiolar node in side view low; postpetiole from above trapezoidal; sides of pronotum sparsely foveolate.

Minor: occipital margin in full-face view convex; carinulae present along lateral margins of frontal lobes.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.30, SL 0.80, EL 0.22, PW 0.62.

Paralectotype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.74, SL 0.82, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

color Major: concolorous light reddish brown.

Minor: concolorous plain medium brown.

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. GUATEMALA: Ciudad de Guatemala. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 2100 m

Type specimens: Lectotype major Pheidole maja: jtlc000015318; paralectotype minor Pheidole maja: jtlc000015319; syntype Pheidole maja: jtlc000016445

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