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Species: Pheidole perkinsi   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole perkinsi Wilson, 2003a: 485, figs. (s.w.) DOMINICA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype major worker. Primary type locality: Dominica: St Paul’s Parish, NW slope Morne Trois Pitons, trail 0.2 km. NE Ponte Casse, 790 m. (P.D. Perkins). 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: Dominica
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):


J. Longino, 26 Apr 2014: Very similar to P. albipes and P. ceibana on mainland Central America, and P. orbica on St. Vincent.

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 perkinsiHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Named after the collector and entomologist Philip D. Perkins.

Diagnosis Similar in various traits to albipesHNS, ceibanaHNS, lemniscaHNS, peltastesHNS, renaeHNS, tayronaHNS, and xystonHNS, differing as follows. Major: blackish brown body contrasts with pale yellow legs; shallow antennal scrobe present; on dorsal head surface, carinulae and rugulae covering anterior three-fourths of head give way to band of irregular rugoreticulum just in advance of occiput, which gives way in mm to the smooth occiput; eye narrow, placed far forward on head; humeri and metanotum rugoreticulate; postpetiole elliptical.

Minor: eye very large, set forward on the head so that it is separated from the anterior head margin by only about a Head Length; humerus denticulate; propodeal spine equilaterally triangular.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.76, HL 0.80, SL 0.48, EL 0.08, PW 0.42.

Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.44, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.22.

color Major: body blackish brown except for genae, which are contrasting reddish yellow; mandibles reddish brown; other appendages pale yellow.

Minor: body blackish brown, appendages pale yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. DOMINICA (WEST INDIES): trail 0.2 km northeast of Ponte Casse, northwest slope of Morne Trois Pitons, St. Paul's Parish, 790 m (Philip D. Perkins). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 790 m

Collect Date Range: collected on 1995-06-12 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: paratype Pheidole perkinsi: jtlc000016489; Paratype Pheidole perkinsi Wilson 2003: casent0645847

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