Pheidole laevinota

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Pheidole laevinota
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. laevinota
Binomial name
Pheidole laevinota
Forel, 1908

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Specimen Labels

From Wilson (2003): The Horco Molle series was collected in subtropical evergreen forest, and includes a male (19–22 January).

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

From Wilson (2003): Recorded by Kempf (1972a) from São Paulo and Jujuy, northern Argentina. I have verified another Argentine record, from near Horco Molle, Tucumán, 750–900 m (W. L. Brown).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • laevinota. Pheidole rufipilis var. laevinota Forel, 1908c: 371 (w.) BRAZIL. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 200.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

From Wilson (2003): Similar to Pheidole coffeicola, Pheidole laevifrons, Pheidole pubiventris, Pheidole rufipilis and Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris), but especially to Pheidole rufipilis, a partially sympatric species from which it differs as follows.

Major: rugoreticulum present posterior-laterad to antennal fossa; front and lateral margins of pronotum carinulate, but pronotal center smooth and shiny; upper side of propodeum carinulate; postpetiolar node from above oval; humerus in dorsal-oblique view subangulate.

Minor: humerus in dorsal-oblique view angulate; pronotal dorsum smooth.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.18, HL 1.16, SL 0.86, EL 0.20, PW 0.58. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.64, SL 0.74, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: body light brown, appendages dark yellow.

Minor: concolorous light brown.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: São Paulo, S. P. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L laevinota, smooth notum, evidently in contrast to that of Pheidole rufipilis. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1908h. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 58: 340-418 (page 371, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 200, fig. major, minor described; raised to species)