Pheidole tuxtlasana

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

The type series was sifted from litter on the floor of lowland forest. (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: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (type locality).

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.

  • tuxtlasana. Pheidole tuxtlasana Wilson, 2003: 622, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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

Description

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.


Pheidole tuxtlasana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

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

Etymology

Named after the type locality.

References