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16. Pheidole fervens HNS . B.M.

Worker. Length 2 lines. - Ferruginous: the flagellum, legs, metathorax, and nodes of the abdomen, pale rufo-testaceous.

Head very largely developed, oblong, narrowest in front, deeply emarginate behind; the lateral angles rounded, and with a central channel extending to the base of the clypeus; the head is covered with fine elevated carinae, between which are fine transverse reti- culations; the carinae are wide apart on the sides of the face, but much closer in the middle. The thorax finely roughened, with two short, erect, acute spines on the metathorax. Abdomen ovate; the extreme base pale rufo-testaceous.

Hab. Singapore.

This species closely resembles the Pheidole pusilla HNS ; the small worker is not more than a line in length, very smooth and shining, pale rufo-testaceous, with the abdomen fuscous; the legs and antennae are more elongate than in the larger form, and the head is of ordinary size.


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