Lepisiota syriaca

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Lepisiota syriaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. syriaca
Binomial name
Lepisiota syriaca
(André, 1881)

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Limited invasive  



Records from Crete are probably misidentifications (Borowiec, 2014).

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 36.85° to 27.033333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Israel, Syria (type locality), Türkiye.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • syriaca. Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. syriaca André, 1881b: 61, pl. 3, fig. 8 (w.q.m.) SYRIA. Tohmé, H. & Tohmé, G. 1980c: 521 (l.). Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 228. Raised to species: Tohmé, H. & Tohmé, G. 1980c: 518. See also: Viehmeyer, 1922: 215.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Santschi, F.. "Fourmis d'une croisière." Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique (Bruxelles) 74 (1934): 273-282.
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  • Tohme G., and H. Tohme. 2014. Nouvelles liste des especes de fourmis du Liban (Hymenoptera, Formicoidea). Lebanese Science Journal 15(1): 133-141.
  • Tohmé, H., and G. Tohmé. "Contribution à l'étude systématique et biologique de Acantholepis syriaca André (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Formicinae)." Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Section A Zoologie, Biologia et Écologie Animales (4) 2 (1980): 517-524.
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.