Pheidole hizemops

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Pheidole hizemops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. hizemops
Binomial name
Pheidole hizemops
Wilson, 2003

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Specimens, some at baits, were recovered from leaf litter in montane rainforest. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Mountain forests of west-central Costa Rica, 1300–1600 m (Longino 1997).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • hizemops. Pheidole hizemops Wilson, 2003: 437, 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.

Description

DIAGNOSIS A small species sharing some traits, especially a moderately prominent mesonotal convexity, with Pheidole kuna, Pheidole micon, Pheidole tayrona and [[Pheidole tenebra of Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, and less so with Pheidole breviseta, Pheidole bruchella and Pheidole lignicola of Argentina and southern Brazil, but differing in details of sculpturing as shown, and especially in the eye of the major, which is placed farther forward on the head and has a concave posterior border.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.70, HL 0.76, SL 0.44, EL 0.14, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.42, EL 0.10, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major: waist and gaster light brown; rest of body and appendages reddish yellow (“orange”), with tarsi medium yellow.

Minor: reddish yellow (“orange”).


Pheidole hizemops Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

COSTA RICA: 2.5 km northwest of Santa Elena, Puntarenas Province, 10°20'N 84°50'W, 1500 m, col. R. Burtoft. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr hizema, sinking, and ops, eye.

References