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Species: Pheidole sagana   Wheeler, 1934 

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Pheidole nitidicollis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole sagana Wheeler, 1934g PDF: 169 (s.w.) MEXICO. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Pheidole nitidicollis: Longino, 2009 PDF: 58
See also: Wilson, 2003a: 501
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  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/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 sagana WheelerHNS

Pheidole sagana WheelerHNS 1934g: 169.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology L saganaHNS, fortune-teller, soothsayer.

diagnosis A medium-sized, yellowish brown (major) to brownish yellow (minor) species similar to arhuacaHNS and caulicolaHNS, but differing in the major by the more rounded, lower humerus seen in dorsal-oblique view, more distinct mesonotal convexity, and completely smooth promesonotal dorsum; in the minor by the smaller propodeal spine and presence of carinulae mesad to the eye; and in both castes by their darker color.

See also the less similar anguliferaHNS, chalcaHNS, chalcoidesHNS, mincanaHNS, schmalziHNS, and tragicaHNS. Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.90, SL 0.44, EL 0.12, PW 0.46. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.44, EL 0.08, PW 0.32. color Major: concolorous brownish yellow. Minor: concolorous light, yellowish brown.

Range Veracruz, Mexico (type locality) and, according to J. T. Longino, widespread in the Atlantic and Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica.

Biology Longino (1997): "This species occurs in mature wet forest. It is a relatively common arboreal ant, nesting in dead branches and under epiphytes. Colonies often appear large, with workers scattered over a wide area." Males are present in Wheeler's type series, collected on 16 May in an epiphyte (Tillandsiarum streptophylla).

figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. MEXICO: Mirador, Veracruz (Elisabeth Skwarra). Scale bars = 1 mm.

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