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Pheidole laevivertexHNS Forel
Pheidole laevivertexHNS Forel 190ld: 131.
Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve; Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology L laevivertexHNS, smooth top, referring to occiput.
diagnosis A member of the fallaxHNS group similar in various characters to the species listed in the heading above, and distinguished as follows.
Major: rugoreticulum confined to a small patch just posterior to the circular carinulae of the antennal fossae; carinulae of head reaching slightly posterior to midway between the eyes and occiput; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of propodeal dorsum transversely carinulate; pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobous; postpetiole from above oval, and foveolate. Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; anterior strip of first gastral tergite shagreened; occiput in frontal view concave.
Measurements (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Syntype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.70, SL 0.78, EL 0.14, PW 0.40. Color Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.
Minor: body and scapes dark reddish brown, rest of appendages brownish yellow.
Range Known only from Aguascalientes and Morelos, Mexico.
Figure Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. MEXICO: Cuernavaca, Morelos (W. M. Wheeler). (Type locality: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.) I have compared the specimens on which the drawing is based, which are located in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, with syntypes in the Forel collection from the type locality. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in agricultural zone, 2 times found in disturbed riparian veg., 2 times found in BTS, 4 times found in zona erosionada.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in soil, 1 times suelo, debajo de una piedra, 3 times En la trampa, 1 times at bait, 1 times suelo, 1 times under rock, 1 times trampa de miel.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times pitfall, 2 times Directo, 1 times search, 1 times bait, 3 times Trampa miel.
Elevations: collected from 930 - 2303 meters, 1583 meters average
Collect Date Range: collected between 1974-11-28 00:00:00.0 and 2017-06-28 00:00:00.0
Type specimens: syntype of Pheidole laevivertex: casent0908226, casent0908227; syntype Pheidole laevivertex: jtlc000016424