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Species: Pheidole wardi   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Pheidole wardi Wilson, 2003a: 634, figs. (s.w.) HONDURAS. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, 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 wardiHNS new species

TYPES Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Named after the distinguished myrmecologist and field biologist Philip S. Ward.

Diagnosis A very distinctive species, easily distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: posterior profile of dorsal head surface strongly concave; hypostomum 2-toothed; entire posterior half of cephalic dorsum and all of promesonotum rugoreticulate; propodeal spines very long and stout.

Minor: occiput and promesonotum rugoreticulate; lateral thirds of head in full-face view rugulose; humeri cornulate; propodeal spines very long and thin.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.10, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.52, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.36.

Color Major: gaster and legs yellowish brown, rest of body and mandible reddish brown. Minor: concolorous brownish yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Collected in lowland rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. HONDURAS: Lancetilla, near Tela (William L. Brown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 19 times found in montane wet forest, 14 times found in lowland rainforest, 7 times found in montane rainforest, 4 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 5 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 4 times found in lowland wet forest, 1 times found in moist forest, 2 times found in Bosque Tropical Húmedo, 1 times found in 2º wet forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 33 times at bait, 27 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times nest in rotten log, 4 times beating vegetation, 1 times at bait on dead wood, 1 times nest in dead wood.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 33 times Baiting, 18 times MiniWinkler, 5 times search, 5 times Winkler, 4 times Beating, 3 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times Berlese, dung baited times PF.

Elevations: collected from 30 - 1240 meters, 751 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1979-03-19 00:00:00.0 and 2016-06-10 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole wardi: jtlc000016574

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