Pheidole scimitara , Wilson, E. O., 2003

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 228

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole scimitara
status

new species

Pheidole scimitara  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Pers scimitara  HNS  , a curved sword, referring to the propodeal spines.

diagnosis A very distinctive member of the diligens  HNS  group, somewhat similar to calimana  , cataractae  HNS  , demeter  HNS  , machetula  HNS  , sicaria  HNS  , and tenuis  HNS  , distinguished in both major and minor by the very long propodeal spines and extremely large eyes. Also, the antennal scape of the major exceeds the occipital corner by more than its own maximum width, and the minor has a narrowed occiput with nuchal collar.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.10, SL 1.00, EL 0.24, PW 0.54. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.74, SL 0.98, EL 0.22, PW 0.40.

Color Major: head and mandibles medium to dark reddish brown; rest of body and appendages light yellowish brown Minor: head and gaster light yellowish brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Estacion Biologica de Cocha Cashu, Madre de Dios, 400 m (Diane W. Davidson). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole