Plagiolepis exigua

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Plagiolepis exigua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. exigua
Binomial name
Plagiolepis exigua
Forel, 1894

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Specimen labels



Sharaf et al. (2011) - Forel mentioned that the scapes of this species reach posterior margin of head, but the scapes fail to reach the margin in the syntype. In addition, he gave the funiculus segments 2-5 x broader than long. On the syntype the fifth segment is as long as or little longer than broad.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.
Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles.
Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: China.

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.

  • exigua. Plagiolepis exigua Forel, 1894c: 417 (w.q.) INDIA. Viehmeyer, 1916a: 145 (m.). See also: Sharaf, Aldawood & Taylor, 2011: 206. Current subspecies: nominal plus quadrimaculata.

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



Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype. TL 1.23, HL 0.36, HW 0.31, SL 0.26, EL 0.06, PRW 0.20, ML 0.35, SI 84, CI 86.

Mesosoma, legs, antennae, clypeus and mandibles yellow, head and gaster pale yellowish brown, the latter with a more or less longitudinal median yellowish band that interrupt the brownish tergites. Smooth and shining. Head oval, longer than broad with convex sides, nearly as broad anteriorly as posteriorly. Eyes situated in the anterior third of head sides and with 6 ommatidia in the longest row (EL 0.19 x HW). Anterior clypeal margin convex and without carinae. Scapes fail to reach the posterior margin of head. Second funicular segment distinctly shorter than third. Funicular segments 2-4 broader than long, the fifth funicular segment as long as or little longer than broad. Occiput feebly concave. Mesosoma compact, short with convex pronotum and mesonotum and distinct mesonotal and metanotal grooves. Basal face of propodeum short, while its descending face long. Pubescence yellow, fine and regularly distributed over whole body. Very few erect hairs except on anterior of clypeus.

Type Material

Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype worker, India, Poona (Wroughton), (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève) [examined].