This species is only known from type specimens. The type colony was found in forest, nesting in a rotting twig in leaf litter in a tree crotch about one meter from the ground. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- rectisentis. Pheidole rectisentis Wilson, 2003: 494, figs. (s.w.) NICARAGUA.
DIAGNOSIS Similar to Pheidole bilimeki, Pheidole floridana, Pheidole hazenae, Pheidole rectiluma, Pheidole rectispina, Pheidole rectitrudis, Pheidole sospes and Pheidole stomachosa, differing as follows.
Major: mostly blackish brown, with bicolored head; from margins of dorsal head surface to space between eyes and antennal fossae rugoreticulate, as well as lateral margins of frontal lobes; all of central third of head, including much of the vertex and occiput, solely foveolate; all of head and mesosoma overall foveolate; in dorsal-oblique view humerus subangulate; propodeal spines robust and nearly vertical to propodeal basal face in side view; postpetiole from above conulate.
Minor: eyes set well forward on head; propodeal spines robust, nearly vertical to propodeal basal face; almost all of head and all of mesosoma foveolate and opaque.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.98, SL 0.50, EL 0.12, PW 0.48. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.58, SL 0.46, EL 0.06, PW 0.34.
COLOR Major: head bicolored, with surface anterior to eye level medium reddish brown and rest blackish brown; also sides of pronotum and petiole medium reddish brown; and rest of body blackish brown; appendages light reddish brown.
Minor: body blackish brown, appendages brownish yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
NICARAGUA: Hotel Selva Negra, 139 km north of Matagalpa, 1200 m, col. Charles Kugler and J. Hahn. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L rectisentis, upright thorn, alluding to the strong, erect propodeal spines.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.p (page 494, fig. major, minor described)