Pheidole aculifera , Wilson, E. O., 2003

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 259

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole aculifera
status

new species

Pheidole aculifera  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L aculifera  HNS  , needle-bearing, referring to the long, very thin propodeal spine of the major and minor.

Diagnosis A small, yellow member of the fallax  HNS  group (but close to the diligens  HNS  group) distinguished by the exceptionally thin propodeal spines of the major and minor, as well as the very low mesonotal convexity in side view in both castes; and, in the major, the exceptionally large spiracle.

Similar to prostrata of Costa Rica, but easily distinguished in the major by the large spiracle, low mesonotal convexity, and presence of a rugoreticulum mesad to the eyes, as well as yellow coloration. See also the less similar boruca, variegata  HNS  , and violacea  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.00, SL 0.78, EL 0.14, PW 0.42.

Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.54, SL 0.72, EL 0.10, PW 0.28.

Color Major: body light reddish yellow, appendages yellow.

Minor: concolorous yellow. 1

Range Known only from the type series.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PANAMA: Nusagandi, San Bias (Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole