The type series, representing either one or several colonies, was found in mature wet forest under epiphyte mats in a canopy tree (Longino 1997).
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Atlantic slope of Cordillera Central, Costa Rica (Longino 1997).
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- dryas. Pheidole dryas Wilson, 2003: 410, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
A unique medium-sized, yellowish brown species whose major has a heart-shaped head, when mandibles are included, in full-face view; all of the dorsal head surface, including the clypeus but excluding the occiput, densely covered by longitudinal carinulae; conspicuously swollen hind femur; and angulate subpostpetiolar process.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 1.02, SL 0.46, EL 0.10, PW 0.54. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.56, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.34.
COLOR Major: gaster light yellowish brown, rest of body and appendages dark yellow.
Minor: concolorous light yellowish brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COSTA RICA: Braulio Carrillo National Park, Heredia, 500 m, col. J. T. Longino. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad
L, Gr Dryas, in classical mythology, a wood nymph whose life was that of her tree, referring to the arboricolous nesting habit of the species.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 410, fig. major, minor described)