Pheidole rectisentis

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

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)

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, Nicaragua (type locality).


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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.

  • rectisentis. Pheidole rectisentis Wilson, 2003: 494, figs. (s.w.) NICARAGUA.

Description

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.


Pheidole rectisentis Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

NICARAGUA: Hotel Selva Negra, 139 km north of Matagalpa, 1200 m, col. Charles Kugler and J. Hahn. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L rectisentis, upright thorn, alluding to the strong, erect propodeal spines.

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