Lepisiota capensis

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Lepisiota capensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. capensis
Binomial name
Lepisiota capensis
(Mayr, 1862)

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Specimen Label




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Comoros, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa (type locality).
Malagasy Region: Madagascar.
Oriental Region: India, Sri Lanka.
Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands, China.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a host for the encyrtid wasp Anagyrus lopezi (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (associate).
  • This species is a host for the cricket Myrmophilellus meneliki (a myrmecophile) in Ethiopia (Reichensperger, 1913).



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

  • capensis. Acantholepis capensis Mayr, 1862: 699 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Mayr, 1865: 57 (m.); Emery, 1877b: 366 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1980: 542 (l.). Combination in Lepisiota: Xu, 1994c: 233. Current subspecies: nominal plus acholli, anceps, guineensis, issore, junodi, laevis, lunaris, minuta, simplex, simplicoides, specularis, subopaciceps, thoth. See also: Bingham, 1903: 316; Arnold, 1920a: 568.


Prins 1983. Figure 4 - Proventriculus.


  • 2n = 18 (India) (Imai et al., 1984) (as Acantholepis lunaris).


  • Arnold, G. 1920a. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part IV. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 403-578 (page 568, see also)
  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 316, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1877a. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte prima. Formiche provenienti dal Viaggio dei signori Antinori, Beccari e Issel nel Mar Rosso e nel paese dei Bogos. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 9: 363-368 (page 366, queen described)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 699, worker described)
  • Mayr, G. 1865. Formicidae. In: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte "Novara" um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859. Zoologischer Theil. Bd. II. Abt. 1. Wien: K. Gerold's Sohn, 119 pp. (page 57, male described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1980. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Ponerinae, Myrmicinae and Formicinae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 106: 527-545 (page 542, larva described)
  • Xu, Z. 1994c. A taxonomic study of the ant genus Lepisiota Santschi from southwestern China (Hymenoptera Formicidae Formicinae). J. Southwest For. Coll. 14: 232-237 (page 233, Combination in Lepisiota)