(Collingwood & Agosti, 1996)
Several workers were taken by sweeping low herbage in Yemen but always singly and not in groups. Workers were often seen on the foliage of Leguminosae. Nests were not found. (Collingwood and Agosti, 1996)
A small, narrow-bodied species with large eyes and exceptionally long tarsi.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- longitarsis. Anoplolepis longitarsis Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 362 (w.) YEMEN. Combination in Tapinolepis: Bolton, 2003: 268.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype: TL 2.35; HL 0.65; HW 0.55; SL 0.60; EL 0.23; hind femur 0.85; hind tibia 0.86; hind tarsus 1.00.
Antennae with 11 segments, the first funiculus segment nearly equal to the second plus third. All funiculus segments elongate. The laid back scape over-reaches the occipital margin by about the length of the first funiculus segment. The hind tarsi are long, the segments together being longer than either the tibia or the femur. The propodeal spiracle is large and prominent. The petiole is an upright scale. The alitrunk dorsal profile is flat with the outline interrupted by the shallow mesopropodeal furrow. The maxillary palps are longer than the head. The body colour is uniformly brown with the legs becoming paler towards the tibiae and tarsi, the latter being yellowish. The body, legs and antennae are clothed with short adpressed pubescence.
Holotype: worker, Suq al-Ahad, 26.III.l983, C.A. Collingwood. - Paratypes: Yemen: workers from: Bajil-Zabid, 15.III.1993; Bajil-Khamis Bani Sad, 16.III.1993; A. van Harten, C.A. Collingwood. Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel
- Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 268, Combination in Tapinolepis)
- Collingwood, C. A. and D. Agosti. 1996. Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (part 2). Fauna Saudi Arabia. 15:300-385. (page 362, worker described)