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Species: Pheidole laevivertex   Forel, 1901 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole laevivertex Forel, 1901d PDF: 131 (s.w.) MEXICO (Aguascalientes). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: syntype major workers, syntype minor workers (numbers not stated). Primary type locality: Mexico: Aguascalientes (W.M. Wheeler). Primary type depositories: MCZC, MHNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Emery, 1922c PDF: 104; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 195; Bolton, 1995b: 324; Wilson, 2003a: 312 (redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Neotropical

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 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.

Biology Unknown.

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.

Specimen Habitat Summary

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

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