The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota acholli (Weber)

Petiole with no more than denticles

Clothed with long brown or yellowish fine hairs, near circular heads

Lepisiota acholli (Weber)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Sudan (Acantholepis capensis Mayr, acholli subsp. nov., Weber, 1943c: 382, illustrated, worker & queen) Imatong Mountains, 6400', 24.vii.1939, N A Weber
possible junior synonym thoth (Acantholepis capensis Mayr, thoth subsp. nov., Weber, 1943c: 382, illustrated, worker & queen) Imatong Mountains, 2900', 23.vii.1939, N A Weber).

Overlaying the Antweb images of Lepisiota issore suggests that too is identical with acholli. In order of description in Weber (1943c) acholli is the most senior name. Weber suggested that, unlike acholli, issore has distinct teeth on the petiole scale.


Weber's (1943c) description is on {original description}. Weber's (1943c) description of thoth is on {original description}.


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage of a syntype worker of acholli is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0903162


Oxford University Museum specimens Note: Prior to the availability of type images on Antweb (May 2014), I had identified these as Lepisiota affinis.


Lepisiota acholliThe photomontage is of a worker from Sudan, collected by J Mathews, by pyrethrum fogging of Acacia senegal in semi-natural forest, Abu Gmein, Blue Nile, 1121' N 3427' E; 21.x.2001, JM 406; one specimen. Also others from Kordhonia, Damazine Plantation, Blue Nile, 1151' N 3415' E

Head sub-square; clypeus with a strong median carina/keel; head with a distinct median impressed line, reaching back to posterior level of the eyes; eyes ovoid but quite broad with angled forward edge; abundant long erect hairs (ca 0.17 mm); petiole profile moderately thick with obtuse apex, shorter than propodeal declivity
TL ca 2.5-2.7 mm, HL 0.72, HW 0.68, CI 88, SL 0.78, SI 133, PW 0.45, eye length 0.21


Lepisiota acholli brown formThe photomontage is of a brown form worker from Sudan, collected by J Mathews, by pyrethrum fogging of Acacia senegal, from Khordonia, Damazine Plantation, Blue Nile - 1151' N 3415' E, JM 341


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage is of a worker from Sudan, Wad Medani, 1424' N 3331' E, collector Awatif Omer. 


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage is of a worker from Senegal, Katane; collector B Ndiaye (T1P5)


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage of a worker from Sudan is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0048593 where the webpage is titled "Lepisiota sp. sud-03"


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage is of a worker from Burkina Faso, Bobo Dialassou; collector A Lenoir (155b).


{Lepisiota acholli} The photomontage is of a queen from Burkina Faso, Bobo Dialassou; collector A Lenoir (155b).

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