Leptogenys intermedia

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Leptogenys intermedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. intermedia
Binomial name
Leptogenys intermedia
Emery, 1902

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa (type locality), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • nitida. Ponera nitida Smith, F. 1858b: 92 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. [Junior primary homonym of †Ponera nitida Heer, 1849: 149 (now in Dolichoderus).] First available replacement name: intermedia Emery, 1902c: 32 (synonymy with nitida Smith by Bolton, 1975a: 289); designated by Bolton, 1995b: 231. Arnold, 1926: 211 (q.). Combination in Lobopelta: Mayr, 1886c: 358; in Leptogenys: Forel, 1901f: 329.
  • intermedia. Leptogenys intermedia Emery, 1902c: 32 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. See also: Forel, 1914d: 214. Junior synonym of nitida Smith: Bolton, 1975a: 289. First available replacement name for nitida Smith, F. 1858b: 92 [Junior primary homonym of †nitida Heer, 1849: 149.]; designated by Bolton, 1995b: 231. Hence senior synonym of tenuis: Forel, 1912n: 52; Bolton, 1975a: 289; of adpressa, aena, capensis, deflocata, gracilis, grandior, insinuata, intermedia, speculans: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • tenuis. Leptogenys tenuis Stitz, 1911b: 376, fig. 1 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Junior synonym of nitida: Forel, 1912n: 52; Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • adpressa. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida var. adpressa Forel, 1914d: 214 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • aena. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida var. aena Forel, 1914d: 215 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • gracilis. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida var. gracilis Santschi, 1914e: 11 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. [Unresolved junior primary homonym of gracilis Emery, above.] Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • insinuata. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida st. insinuata Santschi, 1914e: 11 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • brevinodis. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida r. brevinodis Forel, 1915c: 335 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Raised to species: Santschi, 1926b: 209. [Junior primary homonym of brevinoda Emery, above.] Replacement name: capensis Baroni Urbani, 1971b: 360.
  • grandior. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida var. grandior Forel, 1915c: 335 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • deflocata. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) brevinodis var. deflocata Santschi, 1926b: 209 (w.) MOZAMBIQUE. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • speculans. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) nitida st. speculans Santschi, 1926b: 209 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.
  • capensis. Leptogenys nitida subsp. capensis Baroni Urbani, 1971b: 360. Replacement name for brevinodis Forel, 1915c: 335. [Junior primary homonym of brevinoda Emery, 1914f: 399.] Junior synonym of nitida: Bolton, 1975a: 289.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Ponera nitida

Five worker syntypes in The Natural History Museum. Labelled (on the stage card and also on a separate data disc) “Port Natal. 56/63.” Acc. Reg.: “1856 no. 63 (May 24). Port Natal. Purchased from Stevens. Collected by Mr Plant.”

Description

References

  • Bolton, B. 1975a. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 31: 235-305 PDF (page 289, Junior synonym of nitida Smith)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 231, designated )
  • Duncan F.D. & R.M. Crewe 1993. A comparison of the energetics of foraging of three species of Leptogenys (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Physiological Entomology 18, 372-378.
  • Emery, C. 1902c. Note mirmecologiche. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 6: 22-34 (page 32, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1914d. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 211-288 (page 214, see also)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 92, First available replacement name for nitida)