Lepisiota incisa

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Lepisiota incisa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. incisa
Binomial name
Lepisiota incisa
(Forel, 1913)

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Supercolonies  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Kenya, Saudi Arabia.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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Sorger et al. (2016) - Lepisota incisa has been reported from Kruger National Park, South Africa, where it is thought to have arrived in the 1990s (Sithole et al. 2010). There the species is most abundant in habitats associated with human disturbance and development, where it is behaviorally dominant to all other ants, including endemics. Judging from the slight, if any, aggressive response toward ants transferred between sites hundreds of kilometers apart around Kruger (Caldera 2004, cited in Sithole et al. 2010), it appears that Kruger is occupied by a single supercolony—presumably derived from the initial invading colony that arrived and spread widely within a region previously uninhabited by the species. At a single site, however, the workers were hostile to con-specifics from elsewhere in the park (Sithole et al. 2010), indicating that a second supercolony may have become established.



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

  • incisa. Acantholepis capensis r. incisa Forel, 1913b: 338 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 227. Raised to species: Collingwood, 1985: 295.



  • 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)
  • Collingwood, C. A. 1985. Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia. Fauna Saudi Arab. 7: 230-302 (page 295, Raised to species)
  • Forel, A. 1913b. Formicides du Congo Belge récoltés par MM. Bequaert, Luja, etc. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 2: 306-351 (page 338, worker described)
  • 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)
  • Sithole H, Smit IP, Parr CL (2010) Preliminary investigations into a potential ant invader in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Afr J Ecol 48:736–743