Pheidole reflexans Santschi 1933,

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 53

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.179222

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scientific name

Pheidole reflexans Santschi 1933
status

 

Pheidole reflexans Santschi 1933  . NEW STATUS.

Pheidole radoszkowskii  var. reflexans Santschi 1933: 109  . [w syntypes examined, NHMB; Argentina  , Misiones, Est. Exp. Loreto].

Pheidole radoszkowskii  var. reflexans Santschi. Wilson 2003: 221  ; junior synonym of Pheidole radoszkowskii Mayr. 

Wilson (2003) took a broad view of Pheidole radoszkowskii  and synonymized several names, including Santschi’s variety reflexans  . The evidence for resurrecting P. reflexans  to species is strong, however. Both P. radoszkowskii  and P. reflexans  are locally sympatric across eastern Paraguay, with the former species commonly found in open habitats such as campo cerrado, roadside, and pasture, while the later is restricted to closed forests. Pheidole reflexans  can be one of the most common forest-floor ants and is frequently recovered in sifted litter samples from subtropical tall forests. The morphological differences between the two forms are consistent across eastern Paraguay. Pheidole reflexans  is more gracile  , with considerably longer legs and antennal scapes, and in Paraguay is also somewhat more pilose in the major  caste, supporting> 10 suberect setae on gastric tergite 1 (= abd. tergite 4). This pilosity difference appears to be regional, as Mayr’s P. radoszkowskii  types from French Guiana ( NHMW, examined) are more pilose than the Paraguayan populations of the same species.

NEW

University of Newcastle

NHMB

Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel

NHMW

Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole

Loc

Pheidole reflexans Santschi 1933

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

var. reflexans

Santschi. Wilson 2003: 221
2003
Loc

var. reflexans

Santschi 1933: 109
1933