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Species: Pheidole metana   Wilson, 2003 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Pheidole metana Wilson, 2003a: 617, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):


J. Longino, 20 Apr 2014: This is probably a jr. syn. of P. meinerti Forel.

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 metanaHNS new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named after the department of Colombia from which the type series originated.

Diagnosis Major and minor: pilosity of mesosomal dorsum short, erect, and consisting mostly of pairs (see also angusticepsHNS and meinertiHNS).

Major: dorsum of head covered to occipital margin by longitudinal carinulae, which are faint and broken in the posterior half; rest of sculpturing consists solely of foveolation, covering all of the body except the gaster, which is entirely smooth and shiny.

Minor: all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; sculpturing otherwise entirely absent except for carinulae on margins of the frontal lobes; head narrowed posteriorly, but nuchal collar absent.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.80, HL 0.80, SL 0.60, EL 0.12, PW 0.40.

Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.52, SL 0.60, EL 0.08, PW 0.28.

Color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.

range Known from the type locality and from the Bogota-Villavicencio Road, Cundinamarca, 1100 m (Charles Kugler).

Biology Winged queens were found in the Bogota-Villavicencio series on 1 May.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Transecto Sumapaz, Meta, 920 m (T. van der Hammen). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 930 m

Collect Date Range: collected on 1981-08-14

Type specimens: holotype Pheidole metana: jtlc000016451

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