Lepisiota validiuscula

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Lepisiota validiuscula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. validiuscula
Binomial name
Lepisiota validiuscula
(Emery, 1897)

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Specimen Labels

This seems to be a very abundant species in western Yemen. It is recorded from East and South Africa but has not yet been found in Arabia outside Yemen. (Collingwood and Agosti 1996)

Identification

Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - HW 0.59-0.63; SI 125-135. easily distinguished from Lepisiota canescens by the stout black dorsal hairs.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (type locality), Zimbabwe.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • validiuscula. Acantholepis capensis var. validiuscula Emery, 1897e: 602 (w.) SOMALIA. Arnold, 1920a: 570 (q.m.). Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 229. Raised to species: Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 369.

Description

References

  • Arnold, G. 1920a. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part IV. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 403-578 (page 570, queen, male described)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 229, Combination in Lepisiota)
  • Collingwood, C. A. and D. Agosti. 1996. Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (part 2). Fauna Saudi Arabia. 15:300-385. (page 369, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1897f. Formiche raccolte da Don Eugenio dei Principi Ruspoli, durante l'ultimo suo viaggio nelle regioni dei Somali e dei Galla. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 595-605 (page 602, worker described)