Pheidole brandaoi , 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: 173

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole brandaoi
status

new species

Pheidole brandaoi  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Named in honor of the distinguished Brazilian myrmecologist C. Roberto F. Brandao.

diagnosis a unique yellow member of the diligens  HNS  group similar to perdiligens  and radoszkowskii  , but distinguished from these and other species of the group as follows.

Major: with sparse pilosity on the mesosomal dorsum, including a pair of clavate hairs on the pronotum; pilosity on gastric tergites consisting of a carpet of short suberect pubescence in addition to longer erect to suberect hairs; no hairs on profde of head in full face except clypeus; mesosomal convexity very large, and subtriangular in side view; rugoreticula present between eyes and antennal fossae, and on anterior half of pronotum.

Minor: all of head, except frontal triangle, and most of mesosoma, foveolate and opaque; propodeal spines long and stout.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.00, SL 0.70, EL 0.18, PW 0.52.

Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

color Major: body and mandibles dark yellow, other appendages light yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The type series was collected in lowland rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COLOMBIA: Mun. Buenaventura (Bajo Calima, Villa Clara), Valle (William L. Brown and Richard B. Root). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole