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Species: Pheidole cockerelli   Wheeler, 1908 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole cockerelli Wheeler, 1908h PDF: 464 (s.w.) U.S.A. (New Mexico). Nearctic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype major worker (by designation of Wilson, 2003a: 277). Primary type locality: lectotype U.S.A.: New Mexico, Arroyo Pecos, Las Vegas (T.D.A. Cockerell) (by restriction of Creighton, 1950a PDF: 175). Primary type depository: MCZC. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paralectotype minor worker. Secondary type locality: same as for lectotype. Secondary type depositories: AMNH, MCZC. Type notes: Other original syntype localities: Arizona, Prescott (T.D.A. Cockerell), Arizona, Prescott (W.M. Wheeler), Arizona, Tempe (F.H. Simmons). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Wilson, 2003a: 277.
Status as species: Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 564; Emery, 1922c PDF: 100; Cole, 1937a PDF: 100; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 175; Smith, 1951c PDF: 801; Cole, 1953g PDF: 297; Cole, 1956c PDF: 116; Smith, 1958c PDF: 121; Gregg, 1959 PDF: 10 (in key); Smith, 1967a PDF: 353; Hunt & Snelling, 1975 PDF: 21; Smith, 1979: 1369; Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 41 (in key); MacKay et al., 1988 PDF: 94 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 319; Ward, 2000a PDF: 97 (in key); Mackay & Mackay, 2002 PDF: 180; Wilson, 2003a: 277 (redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

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 cockerelli WheelerHNS

Pheidole cockerelli WheelerHNS 1908h: 464.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the American entomologist and co-collector of the type series T. D. A. Cockerell.

Diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: light reddish brown; a rugoreticulum extends from around the anterior and posterior margins of each eye mesad to the circular carinulae of the antennal fossa; longitudinal carinulae densely covering the frontal lobes extend posteriorly to the occipital border; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and posterior half of the mesonotum transversely carinulate; all of the head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque to subopaque except the dorsum of the petiole, which, with the gaster, is smooth and shiny. Minor: all of the head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; dorsum of the waist and all of the gaster smooth and shiny; occiput narrowed, with a thin collar.

Similar to acamataHNS, cielanaHNS, and sciaraHNS, as well as the other species listed in the heading, differing in many details in the above characters and others as illustrated. Most likely to be confused with sciaraHNS, a less common species that occurs through much of the range of cockerelliHNS.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.38, HL 1.50, SL 1.02, EL 0.24, PW 0.74. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.78, SL 0.90, EL 0.18, PW 0.44.

Color Major: concolorous light reddish brown, except rear half of gaster, which is a contrasting medium brown. Minor: concolorous yellowish brown.

Range Oklahoma, Colorado, western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona.

Biology In Colorado, Gregg (1963) found cockerelliHNS nesting at 1700-1900 m, under rocks in the clayey soil of short-grass prairie. Creighton (1950a) lists it as a desert ant in Arizona and New Mexico. Stefan Cover (personal communication) found it in the Chiricahua, Huachuca, and Santa Maria Mts. of Arizona at 1460-1740 m nesting in open soil and grass clumps variously in desert grassland, grazed grasslands with scattered oak, and juniper-oak creek-valley woodland. In western Texas, O. F. Francke encountered cockerelliHNS in a nest in the open soil of mesquite-creosote-cactus scrubland (Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard series). Winged reproductives were present in Arizona nests from late June to mid-July.

Figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. NEW MEXICO: Arroyo Pecos, Las Vegas (T. D. A. Cockerell and W. M. Wheeler). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in buffalo grass, 3 times found in Short grass prairie, 1 times found in Cotton field, 1 times found in Mesquite & saltbush, 1 times found in Mesquite grassland, 1 times found in Oak & honey locust, 1 times found in Pinyon-cedar-cholla woodlands.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times under rock.

Elevations: collected from 823 - 1890 meters, 1342 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1932-10-25 00:00:00.0 and 2003-08-15 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Not Provided: casent0283295

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