The type series was sifted from litter on the floor of lowland forest. (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.
- tuxtlasana. Pheidole tuxtlasana Wilson, 2003: 622, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.
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DIAGNOSIS A yellow species, distinguished from other members of the punctatissima group as follows.
Major: rugoreticula cover rear quarter of the dorsal head surface except for a narrow band of carinulae at the midline, with some rugoreticula extending all the way along the side of the head to the eye; promesonotum trilobous in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spines long and stout; postpetiolar node diamond-shaped, with angular lateral margins.
Minor: humerus angulate, anterior face of propodeum in side view topped by an obtuse angle and descends steeply to the metanotum; meso somal pilosity sparse; head and dorsal surface of the meso soma foveolate and opaque.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.72, HL 0.72, SL 0.52, EL 0.12, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.38, HL 0.44, SL 0.52, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.
COLOR Major and minor: concolorous yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
MEXICO: Estacion Biologica Los Tuxtlas, 10 km north-northwest of Sontecomepan, Veracruz, 18°35'N 95°05W, 200 m, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Named after the type locality.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 622, fig. major, minor described)