Wheeler, W.M., 1922
This species is only known from the type specimen, collected by sweeping vegetation. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the holotype major.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- tenerescens. Pheidole tenerescens Wheeler, W.M. 1922c: 7 (s.) TRINIDAD. See also: Wilson, 2003: 520.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS As represented by the major, a small, yellow member of the flavens group with prominent, rounded humerus that rises well above the mesonotum in dorsal-oblique view; a nearly perfectly semicircular outline of promesonotum in side view; a deep, circular metanotal groove with vertical anterior propodeal face in dorsal-oblique view; short pilosity; and mostly smooth, shiny body. Similar to nitidicollis, but lacking a mesonotal convexity in side view, with shorter cephalic carinulae, smaller propodeal spiracle and spine, and yellow as opposed to medium brown gaster.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.74, HL 0.80, SL 0.34, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.
COLOR Major: concolorous yellow.
Figure. Unique holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.
TRINIDAD: Port of Spain, col. Roland Thaxter. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)
Presumably from L tener, soft, alluding to the relatively feeble sculpture. (Wilson 2003)
- Wheeler, W. M. 1922e. The ants of Trinidad. Am. Mus. Novit. 45: 1-16 (page 7, soldier described)
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 520, fig. major described)