The type series was collected in elfin forest. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Known only from the type locality in montane Dominica. (Wilson 2003)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- laudatana. Pheidole laudatana Wilson, 2003: 715, figs. (s.w.) DOMINICA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
DIAGNOSIS A member of the tristis group, and in particular the complex of West Indian species that include Pheidole alayoi, Pheidole bakeri, Pheidole macromischoides and Pheidole naylae of Cuba, Pheidole hispaniolae of the Dominican Republic, and Pheidole godmani of St. Vincent, as well as their close relatives Pheidole sabina of Mexico and Pheidole prattorum of Costa Rica. Distinguished in the major and minor workers by a unique combination of traits in shape and sculpturing, especially in the head and mesonotum, size of the propodeal spine, overall pilosity, and other characters as shown.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.18, SL 0.72,. EL 0.12, PW 0.58. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.64, SL 0.64, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.
COLOR Major: body and mandibles light brown, other appendages yellow.
Minor: body light yellowish brown, mandibles and other appendages medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
DOMINICA, WEST INDIES: Morne Macaque, elfin forest on road to Fresh Water Lake, 1.5 km east of Laudat, about 800 m, col. M. E. and P. D. Perkins. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Name based on the type locality.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 715, fig. major, minor described)