The type colony was collected in Atlantic lowland rainforest. (Wilson 2003)
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- lucaris. Pheidole lucaris Wilson, 2003: 446, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
DIAGNOSIS A medium sized, concolorous brown member of the flavens group characterized in the major by a somewhat flattened head in side view; relatively long, abundant, erect hairs on the mesosoma, waist, and gaster; short, equilateral propodeal spine in side view; longitudinal carinulae (but no rugoreticulum) covering the anterior dorsal half of the head, with middle section of clypeus smooth; postpetiolar node seen from above trapezoidal; and mesosoma mostly smooth and shiny.
Similar in some but not all of these traits to Pheidole chalca, Pheidole delicata and Pheidole ulothrix, and differing in others, as well as in additional details of body form, sculpturing, pilosity, and color, as variously indicated.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.82, HL 0.92, SL 0.54, EL 0.14, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.40, EL 0.08, PW 0.28.
COLOR Major: body dark brown, appendages medium brown.
Minor: body medium brown, tarsi yellow, and remainder of appendages light brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
BRAZIL: Caraguatatuba Reserve, São Paulo state, 40–80 m, col. William L. and Doris E. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L lucaris, from a grove, referring to the type locality.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 446, fig. major, minor described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Longino J. T. L., and M. G. Branstetter. 2018. The truncated bell: an enigmatic but pervasive elevational diversity pattern in Middle American ants. Ecography 41: 1-12.