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Species: Pheidole hoplitica   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole hoplitica Wilson, 2003a: 579, figs. (s.w.) U.S.A. (Texas). Nearctic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype major worker. Primary type locality: U.S.A.: Texas, Starr County (W. Cloyd). Primary type depository: MCZC. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paratype minor worker. Secondary type locality: same as for holotype. Secondary type depository: MCZC. Type notes: Details of paratype castes and their numbers are not given. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico, United States
  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 hopliticaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Gr hopliticaHNS, referring to the hoplite, a heavily armed soldier of ancient Greece.

diagnosis A member of the " piliferaHNS complex" of the larger piliferaHNS group, comprising calensHNS, californicaHNS, carrolliHNS, cavigenisHNS, clementensisHNS, creightoniHNS, hopliticaHNS, littoralisHNS, miculaHNS, piliferaHNS, rugulosaHNS, senexHNS, soritisHNS, tepicanaHNS, and torosaHNS, which complex is characterized by the following traits. Major: dorsal head surface extensively sculptured; occipital lobes horizontally rugulose (or, in carrolliHNS smooth, in littoralisHNS foveate, and in miculaHNS and soritisHNS carinulate); postpetiole from above diamond-shaped, trapezoidal, or spinose. Minor: eye medium-sized to large.

P. hopliticaHNS is distinguished within the complex, including cavigenisHNS, which it most resembles, by the following combination of traits. Major: posterior dorsal profde of head markedly concave; occiput partly rugoreticulate; carinulae that originate from around frontal triangle turn outward near the center of the head toward the occipital corners; promesonotum strongly convex, almost semicircular in profde; postpetiolar node in side view wide and broadly rounded, not narrow and abruptly rounded.

Minor: head and sides of pronotum smooth and shining, not densely sculptured and opaque; some of the hairs of the promesonotal dorsal surface clavate.

measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.24, HL 1.52, SL 0.60, EL 0.22, PW 0.70.

Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.56, SL 0.46, EL 0.14, PW 0.32.

Color Major: light reddish brown.

Minor: brownish yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. TEXAS: Starr County (W. Cloyd). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in on bare sandy clay soil in full sun.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: a 1" pile of debris (insect parts) located 1.25" from nest times cryptic soil nest, 1 times soil.

Elevations: collected at 59 m

Collect Date Range: collected on 2005-02-09 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Not Provided: casent0339728

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