Pheidole laudatana

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

The type series was collected in elfin forest. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type locality in montane Dominica. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Dominica (type locality), Guadeloupe.

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.

  • 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.

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.


Pheidole laudatana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

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

Etymology

Name based on the type locality.

References