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Species: Pheidole termitobia   Forel, 1901 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pheidole termitobia Forel, 1901l PDF: 390 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL (Rio Grande do Sul). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype major worker (by designation of Wilson, 2003a: 522). Primary type locality: lectotype Brazil: Rio Grande do Sul, São Leopoldo (Heyer). Primary type depository: MHNG. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paralectotype minor worker. Secondary type locality: same as for lectotype. Secondary type depository: MHNG. Type notes: Original description cites syntype major workers, syntype minor workers, syntype queens (numbers not stated). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Wilson, 2003a: 522.
Status as species: Emery, 1922c PDF: 108; Borgmeier, 1927c PDF: 90; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 202; Bolton, 1995b: 331; Wilson, 2003a: 522 (redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil
  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 termitobiaHNS Forel

Pheidole termitobiaHNS Forel 19011: 390.

Types Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve.

Etymology Gr L termitobiaHNS, living with termites.

diagnosis A member of the flavensHNS group, similar to species listed above in heading, and distinguished from them and other species of the group as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; occiput and sides of head rugoreticulate; vertex, frontal lobes, and genae carinulate; antennal scrobes present; all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; humeri rugoreticulate, and anterior margin of pronotum transversely carinulate; propodeal spines strongly developed; postpetiole from above oval.

Minor: reddish yellow; all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; carinulae of head reach eye level; humeri subangulate. Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.84, HL 0.84, SL 0.52, EL 0.10, PW 0.42. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.32. Color Major and minor: light reddish yellow, appendages clear yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Forel records the types, transmitted to him by Erich Wasmann, as discovered "chez les termites," with no further details.

Figure Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. BRAZIL: Sao Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Termitengast.

Type specimens: Lectotype of Pheidole termitobia: casent0908296; paralectotype of Pheidole termitobia: casent0908297

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