Leptogenys laozii

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Leptogenys laozii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. laozii
Binomial name
Leptogenys laozii
Xu, Z., 2000

Nothing is known about the biology of Leptogenys laozii.


Xu (2000) - A member of the Leptogenys zhuangzii species group. This new species is close to Leptogenys confucii, but with dorsum of alitrunk deeply depressed at metanotal groove; head, alitrunk and petiole densely punctate; body reddish brown to brownish black.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • laozii. Leptogenys laozii Xu, 2000a: 123, figs. 41-44 (w.) CHINA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype worker: TL 4.6, HL 1.00, HW 0.67, CI 67, SL 1.03, SI 155, PW 0.60, AL 1.57, ED 0.17, ML 0.50, PL 0.50, PH 0.60, DPW 0.40, LPI 120, DPI 80.

Head roughly rectangular, distinctly longer than broad. Occipital margin straight, occipital carina obvious. Occipital corners rounded. Anterior 2/3 of lateral sides of head relatively straight, posterior 113 narrowed backward. Mandibles slender, inner margin without tooth, masticatory margin with only 1 apical tooth, basal corner rounded. Clypeus with sharp longitudinal central carina, median lobe extruding at apex. Scape of antenna surpassed occipital corner by about 1/3 of its length. Segments of flagellum longer than broad, the second and third joints about equal. In profile view dorsum of alitrunk deeply depressed at metanotal groove. Promesonotum evenly convex, promesonotal suture distinct. Dorsum of propodeum slightly convex, about 3 times as long as declivity, declivity weakly convex. In profile view petiolar node trapezoid , lowering down forward, anterior face nearly straight, about 112 as high as posterior face, anterodorsal angle rounded, posterodorsal angle bluntly extruding, dorsal face evenly convex, posterior face straight. In dorsal view the node as broad as long, narrowed forward. Subpetiolar process small, nearly square, posteroventral corner dentiform. Constriction between the two basal gastral segments distinct. Mandibles and clypeus longitudinally striate. Head, alitrunk and petiole densely punctate. Lateral sides of pronotum smooth. Lateral sides of mesonotum and metanotum longitudinally rugose. Gaster smooth and shining. Dorsum of head and body with abundant erect long hairs, suberect short hairs and decumbent pubescence. Dorsum of head with dense pubescence. Scapes , femora and tibiae with abundant subdecumbent hairs and dense decumbent pubescence. Head, alitrunk and petiole brownish black. Gaster blackish brown. Mandibles, antennae, clypeus and legs reddish brown.

Paratypes: TL 4.5-5.0, HL 1.00-1.07, HW 0.63-0.70, CI 63-67, SL 0.97-1.07, SI 152-160, PW 0.58-0.60, AL 1.50-1.57, ED0.13-0.20, ML 0.47-0.53, PL 0.47-0.50, PH 0.60-0.63, DPW 0.38-0.42, LPI 120-129, DPI 77-83 (4 measured). As holotype , but body reddish brown to brownish black.

Type Material

Holotype: Worker, No. A98-1010, 650 m, Menglun, Mengla County, Yunnan Province, Mar. 6, 1998, Xu Zheng-hui. Paratypes: 4 workers, with same data as holotype.


  • Xu, Z. 2000a. Five new species and one new record of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Yunnan Province, China. Entomol. Sin. 7: 117-126 (page 123, figs. 41-44 worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Staab M., A. Schuldt, T. Assmann, H. Bruelheide, and A.M. Klein. 2014. Ant community structure during forest succession in a subtropical forest in South-East China. Acta Oecologia 61: 32-40.
  • Xu Z. H. 2000. Five new species and one new record of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Yunnan Province, China. Entomologia Sinica 7: 117-126.
  • Xu Z. 2000. Five new species and one new record species of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Yunnan province, China. Entomologia Sinica 7(2): 117-126
  • Zhou S., Y. Chen, Z. Chen, P. Zhou, D. Ban, and M. Huang. 2012. Two new species of the genus Leptogenys from Guangxi, China (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 59: 885-892.