Collingwood & van Harten, 2011
Workers of this unusual species have been collected from a water trap and in a malaise trap.
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Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- elegantissima. Lepisiota elegantissima Collingwood & van Harten, in Collingwood, et al. 2011: 464, pl. 108-109 (w.) UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Head and gaster black, midbody and petiole yellowish brown. Legs and antennae yellow, the apical parts of mid and hind femora are suffusedly blackish. Surface sculpture dull, finely reticulate. Petiole long with very short blunt lateral processes (teeth). Propodeum with a pair of fine upright teeth. Mesonotum tube-like, very thin, narrow and long relative to pronotum and propodeum.
Measurements (in mm): Total 4.25-4.60; head length 0.80-0.82; head width 0.46-0.61, scapus length 2.0, eye diameter 0.23, petiole width 0.16; petiole length 0.56; propodeal teeth 0.09; mesonotal width 0.16; mesonotal length 0.24; hind tibia 2.04; pronotum 0.90 long, 1.46 wide. Scape index 4.44 (excessively long in comparison to other species). No dorsal hairs except for a few on clypeus and some very short hairs on petiole.
Holotype: worker. United Arab Emirates, Wadi Maidaq [25°18'N 56°07'E], 26.x-9.xi.2006, in yellow and white water traps, leg. A. van Harten (Leiden Nationaal Natuurhistorische Museum). Paratypes: 5 workers, same data as holotype but in World Museum, Liverpool; 1 worker, same data but 15-31.x.2010.
The species epiphet elegantissima is derived from ‘elegans’, Latin for elegant, meaning most elegant, referring to the shape of this very beautiful species.
Collingwood, C.A., Agosti, D., Sharaf, M.R. & van Harten, M. 2011. Order Hymenopters, family Formicidae. in: Arthropod Fauna of the UAE. Volume 4, pages 405-474.