Lepisiota melas

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Lepisiota melas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. melas
Binomial name
Lepisiota melas
(Emery, 1915)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality), Iran, Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • melas. Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. melas Emery, 1915h: 3 (w.) GREECE. Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 228. Finzi, 1932: 25 (q.); Finzi, 1939c: 158 (m.). Subspecies of frauenfeldi: Santschi, 1917d: 44. Raised to species: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 57.



  • Agosti, D.; Collingwood, C. A. 1987a. A provisional list of the Balkan ants (Hym. Formicidae) and a key to the worker caste. I. Synonymic list. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 60: 51-62 (page 57, Raised to species)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 228, Combination in Lepisiota)
  • Emery, C. 1915f. Escursioni zoologiche del Dr. Enrico Festa nell'Isola di Rodi. XII. Formiche. Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. R. Univ. Torino 30(7 701: 1-7 (page 3, worker described)
  • Finzi, B. 1932a. Sopra alcune formiche dell'Isola di Rodi. Boll. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 64: 24-27 (page 25, queen described)
  • Finzi, B. 1939c. Ergebnisse der von Franz Werner und Otto v. Wettstein auf den Ägäischen Inseln unternommenen Sammelreisen. Ameisen. Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. Abt. I 148: 153-161 (page 158, male described)
  • Santschi, F. 1917d. Acantholepis Frauenfeldi Mayr et ses variétés. Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afr. Nord 8: 42-48 (page 44, Stirps of frauenfeldi)