New Species: Pheidole bigote

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Doesn’t “bigote” mean “moustache” in Spanish?

Why, yes.  It does.

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Pheidole bigote Longino 2009
Chiapas, Mexico

The inimitable Jack Longino published a taxonomic paper today on the Central American Pheidole, including descriptions of some 23 new species.  Among these is the marvelously moustached P. bigote.  The function of the fantastic facial hair remains unknown.

source: Longino, J. T. 2009. Additions to the taxonomy of New World Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).  Zootaxa 2181: 1-90. 

6 thoughts on “New Species: Pheidole bigote”

  1. I’m honored to get on the blog Alex. And to be described as inimitable! Awesome. Regarding P. bigote, I think the pompons and concave, dish-like face are adaptations for getting better reception so they can watch telenovelas at night.

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