Pheidole zelata , 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: 250

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Pheidole zelata

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Pheidole zelata  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology L zelata  HNS  , ardent, enthusiastic.

Diagnosis A member of the diligens  HNS  group similar in various characters to coffeicola  HNS  , gagates  HNS  , hoelldobleri  HNS  , mooreorum  HNS  , peregrina  HNS  , spilota  HNS  , and venatrix  HNS  , distinguished as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; propodeal spine long, narrow, needle-like; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa; pronotal dorsum, foveolate, its anterior fourth transversely carinulate; anterior face of propodeum seen in dorsal-oblique view drops precipitously to metanotum; a small convexity present in middle of pronotal dorsum.

Minor: propodeal spine thin, needle-like; space between eye and antennal fossa both foveolate and carinulate; rest of head smooth; all of mesosoma foveolate; pilosity on dorsal mesosomal border consists of evenly spaced pairs of setae. Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.22, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.68, SL 0.90, EL 0.18, PW 0.42.

color Major: light reddish yellow except for head anterior to eyes and appendages, which are plain yellow.

Minor: head and body light brown except head anterior to eyes and gaster, which are brownish yellow; antennae brownish yellow; rest of appendages plain yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology The majors and minors in the type series were collected as foragers on the ground of rainforest.

figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. BOLIVIA: 35 km south-southeast of Flor de Oro, Santa Cruz, 13°50'S 60°52W, 450 m (Philip S. Ward). Scale bars = 1 mm.