Pheidole cyrtostela , 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: 184

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole cyrtostela
status

new species

Pheidole cyrtostela  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr cyrtostela  HNS  , curved column, referring to the distinctive petiole.

Diagnosis With camptostela  HNS  , unique within Pheidole  HNS  for the sharply bent petiole and depressed petiolar node, as seen from the side, in both major and minor. Distinguished from camptostela  HNS  by the less exaggerated form of the petiolar modification, the presence of rugoreticulum on the head of the major, and the broader, less concave occiput of the minor. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.92, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.52, SL 0.58, EL 0.12, PW 0.30.

Color Major and minor: body and appendages medium yellow except for gaster, which is medium brown.

Range Known only from the type locality.

biology The type colony was found nesting in the soil of grazed cerrado (tropical savanna); workers were attracted to bait.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BRAZIL: Souza Lima, Varzea Grande, Mato Grosso (L. A. Wood). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole