Lepisiota surchanica

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Lepisiota surchanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. surchanica
Binomial name
Lepisiota surchanica
(Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929)

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on the ground in a moderate rainfall area.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iran, Kazakhstan (type locality).

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.

  • surchanica. Acantholepis frauenfeldi subsp. surchanica Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929c: 491, fig. 15 (w.) KAZAKHSTAN.
    • Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 228.
    • Subspecies of frauenfeldi: Bolton, 1995b: 228.
    • Status as species: Pashaei Rad et al., 2018: 6.

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018): Type location Uzbekistan, no type images but type drawings. Original name Acantholepis frauenfeldi surchanica Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929. The status is revised as the fine surface sculpture and the petiole shape, notably the upper margin, seem diagnostic.

Note that Bolton (in his unpublished An online catalogue of the ants of the world, 15 Feb. 2020) does not recognise the species status proposed by Pashaei Rad et al. (2018), noting that "the entries in this publication are omitted from the catalogue as it contains numerous nomenclatural errors; it also ignores previous taxonomic decisions, and entirely fails to apply ICZN rules that govern the availability of names in the species-group." He considers this taxon to be a subspecies of frauenfeldi.