Lepisiota canescens

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Lepisiota canescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. canescens
Binomial name
Lepisiota canescens
(Emery, 1897)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Israel.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • canescens. Acantholepis capensis var. canescens Emery, 1897e: 601 (w.) SOMALIA. Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 227. Subspecies of capensis: Santschi, 1914b: 124; Santschi, 1914d: 378. Raised to species: Santschi, 1935a: 268; Bernard & Cagniant, 1963: 163. Current subspecies: nominal plus latior.

Type Material



  • Bernard, F.; Cagniant, H. 1963 [1962]. Capture au Hoggar de trois Acantholepis nouveaux pour ce massif avec observations sur leurs modes de vie (Hym. Formicidae). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 67: 161-164 (page 163, Raised to species)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 227, Combination in Lepisiota)
  • Emery, C. 1897f. Formiche raccolte da Don Eugenio dei Principi Ruspoli, durante l'ultimo suo viaggio nelle regioni dei Somali e dei Galla. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 595-605 (page 601, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1914b. Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale, 1911-1912. Résultats scientifiques. Insectes Hyménoptères. II. Formicidae. Paris: Libr. A. Schulz, pp. 41-148. (page 124, Stirps of capensis)
  • Santschi, F. 1914d. Formicides de l'Afrique occidentale et australe du voyage de Mr. le Professeur F. Silvestri. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 8: 309-385 (page 378, Stirps of capensis)
  • Santschi, F. 1935a. Fourmis du Musée du Congo Belge. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 27: 254-285 (page 268, Raised to species)
  • Sorger, D.M., Booth, W., Wassie Eshete, A., Lowman, M., Moffett, M.W. 2016. Outnumbered: a new dominant ant species with genetically diverse supercolonies in Ethiopia. Insectes Sociaux (doi:10.1007/s00040-016-0524-9)