Pheidole laevivertex

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Pheidole laevivertex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. laevivertex
Binomial name
Pheidole laevivertex
Forel, 1901

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Type Label

Nothing is known about the biology of laevivertex.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from Aguascalientes and Morelos, Mexico. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • laevivertex. Pheidole laevivertex Forel, 1901c: 131 (s.w.) MEXICO. See also: Wilson, 2003: 312.

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): A member of the fallax group similar in various characters to Pheidole chiapasana, Pheidole dentata, Pheidole humeridens, Pheidole industa, Pheidole madrensis, Pheidole maja and Pheidole tetroides, and distinguished as follows.

Major: rugoreticulum confined to a small patch just posterior to the circular carinulae of the antennal fossae; carinulae of head reaching slightly posterior to midway between the eyes and occiput; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of propodeal dorsum transversely carinulate; pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobous; postpetiole from above oval, and foveolate.

Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; anterior strip of first gastral tergite shagreened; occiput in frontal view concave.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Syntype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.70, SL 0.78, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.

Minor: body and scapes dark reddish brown, rest of appendages brownish yellow.


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Figure. Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. MEXICO: Cuernavaca, Morelos, col. W. M. Wheeler. I have compared the specimens on which the drawing is based, which are located in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, with syntypes in the Forel collection from the type locality. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Syntype Specimen Labels

Type Material

MEXICO: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes. Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle and Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L laevivertex, smooth top, referring to occiput. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1901d. I. Fourmis mexicaines récoltées par M. le professeur W.-M. Wheeler. II. A propos de la classification des fourmis. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 123-141 (page 131, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 312, fig. major, minor described)