Pheidole gagates , 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: 192

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole gagates
status

new species

Pheidole gagates  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

etymology Gr gagates  HNS  , jet (black), referring to the color of the workers.

Diagnosis Distinguished within the diligens  HNS  group by the following set of traits.

Major: body concolorous blackish brown; pilosity extremely sparse, and completely absent from the mesosoma and waist; mesosomal convexity low, especially in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiolar node bell-shaped; patches of rugoreticulum present just mesad to the eyes; carinulae limited to lateral margins of the frontal lobes and sides of head anterior to the posterior margins of the eyes. Minor: body concolorous blackish brown; occiput narrow, with nuchal collar; sculpturing very sparse, limited to circular carinae around the antennal fossae and patches of foveolation as illustrated.

See also anima  HNS  , diligens  HNS  , mooreorum  , nubila  , piceonigra  , radoszkowskii  HNS  , stigma  HNS  , triconstricta  HNS  , venatrix  HNS  , and zelata  HNS  . Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.92, HL 0.96, SL 0.62, EL 0.16, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.56, SL 0.68, EL 0.12, PW 0.32. Color See description above in Diagnosis.

range Known from the type locality and from Yasuni National Park, Puerto Tipugini, Ecuador.

Biology At Cuzco Amazonico, Peru, Cover and Tobin found colonies nesting in small rotten tree branches lying in leaf litter on the floor of rainforest.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. PERU: Cuzco Amazonico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios (Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole