Pheidole noar , 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: 210

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole noar
status

new species

Pheidole noar  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr noar  HNS  , phantom.

Diagnosis A member of the diligens  HNS  group, somewhat similar to accinota  HNS  , alpestris  HNS  , and cameroni  HNS  of South America, but very distinct from these and other species of the group in the following combination of traits.

Major: body concolorous yellow, appendages pale yellow; eye pear-shaped, coming to a small point at its anterior edge; propodeal spine half as long as the basal propodeal face; body almost entirely smooth and shiny.

Minor: pale yellow; propodeal spine thin, needle-like; humerus in dorsal-oblique view denticulate; body almost completely smooth and shiny; carinulae completely absent from head and body, including antennal fossae. measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.10, SL 0.70, EL 0.20, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.48, SL 0.60, EL 0.10, PW 0.28.

Color Major: concolorous yellow, mandibles brownish yellow, other appendages pale yellow. Minor: body and appendages concolorous pale yellow. Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Discovered by Philip S. Ward foraging on the ground in the Cabo Rojo coastal desert. Its pale color suggests that this surprising species is probably nocturnal. A male was collected with the type colony (9 September).

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Cabo Rojo, 17°54'N 71°40W, 5 m (Philip S. Ward). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole