In Saudi Arabia this is one of the more common members of Lepisiota. It forms large polygynous colonies. (Collingwood, 1985)
This species is similar to Lepisiota gracilicornis in the long appendages but differs in sculpture. The propodeum and gaster are faintly sculptured with a dull shine instead of being completely brilliant. (Collingwood, 1985)
This beautiful variety is distinct from all others in having a silky gaster. It belongs to the bipartita group, including Lepisiota sericea from Hindustan. However, the shape of the head approaches that of Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca. (Finzi, 1936)
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Sharaf et al (2018) - Oman: This species was found nesting under a stone and next to a date palm tree where soil was moist. Several workers were found foraging on the ground close to an Acacia tree where the soil was dry.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- opaciventris. Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. opaciventris Finzi, 1936: 187, fig. 11 (w.) EGYPT. Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 228. Raised to species: Collingwood, 1985: 296.
- Syntype, 2 workers, Wadi Isla, Sinai, Egypt, 28 February 1935, W. Wittmer, MCZC #28554, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Length 2.8mm. All black and opaque, except for the polished upper mesonotum; tibia, tarsus, mandibles and antennae yellow.
The gaster silky with bluish reflections. Dorsum of scale sculptured, similar to Lepisiota bipartita; propodeum very weakly spined. Elongated head with the front sides sub-parallel and a little narrower than the pronotum. The few erect hairs are scattered on the head and on the edge of the segments gaster.
- 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)
- Collingwood, C. A. 1985. Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia. Fauna Saudi Arab. 7: 230-302 (page 296, Raised to species)
- Dietrich, C. O. 2004. Taxonomische Beitraege zur Myrmekofauna Jordaniens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Denisia 14: 319-344 (see also)
- Finzi, B. 1936. Risultati scientifici della spedizione di S. A. S. il Principe Alessandro della Torre e Tasso nell'Egitto e peninsola del Sinai. XI. Formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Egypte 20: 155-210 (page 187, fig. 11 worker described)
- Sharaf, M. R., B. L. Fisher, H. M. Al Dhafer, A. Polaszek and A. S. Aldawood. 2018. Additions to the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Oman: an updated list, new records and a description of two new species. Asian Myrmecology. 9:e010004; 1-38. doi:10.20362/am.010004