Pheidole noar

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

MCZ-ENT00301443 Pheidole noar hal.jpg

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Specimen Label

Discovered by Philip S. Ward foraging on the ground in the Cabo Rojo coastal desert. Its pale color suggests that this surprising species is probably nocturnal. A male was collected with the type colony (9 September). (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Dominican Republic (type locality), Greater Antilles.

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.

  • noar. Pheidole noar Wilson, 2003: 210, figs. (s.w.) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

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

Description

A member of the diligens group, somewhat similar to Pheidole accinota, Pheidole alpestris and Pheidole cameroni of South America, but very distinct from these and other species of the group in the following combination of traits.

Major: body concolorous yellow, appendages pale yellow; eye pear-shaped, coming to a small point at its anterior edge; propodeal spine half as long as the basal propodeal face; body almost entirely smooth and shiny.

Minor: pale yellow; propodeal spine thin, needle-like; humerus in dorsal-oblique view denticulate; body almost completely smooth and shiny; carinulae completely absent from head and body, including antennal fossae.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.10, SL 0.70, EL 0.20, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.48, SL 0.60, EL 0.10, PW 0.28.

COLOR Major: concolorous yellow, mandibles brownish yellow, other appendages pale yellow.

Minor: body and appendages concolorous pale yellow.


Pheidole noar Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Cabo Rojo, 17°54'N 71°40'W, 5 m, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr noar, phantom.

References