The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota carbonaria (Emery)

Petiole with short spines

Body colour dark, usually black; TL > 2.2 mm; erect hairs relatively short, dark coloured, may be sparse - capensis-group

Lepisiota carbonaria (Emery)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Somalia (Acantholepis carbonaria n. sp., Emery, 1892a: 119, worker & queen) Obbia,  - see below
subspecies baumi (Acantholepis carbonaria Em. subsp. Baumi n. subsp., Forel, 1910e: 449, worker) from Angola, Mossamedes, Baum & Van der Kellen - seehttp://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909881
worker only described .


Emery's (1892a) description is on {original description}. Forel's (1910e) description of baumi is on {original description}.

From the key in Collingwood & Agosti (1996) - 

Antennal scape surpassing occipital margin by less than one-third its length; petiole with spines shorter than their basal width (cf incisa with spines longer than intervening width); erect hairs on alitrunk solely on pronotum; head and gaster sculptured.

{Lepisiota carbonaria}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0905149


Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota carbonaria
B Taylor det.
Ethiopia
Serge Guiraud

21.i.2010
Turmi
0458' N
3629' E
10 h
hand collected

1
{album}
Lepisiota carbonaria
B Taylor det.

Sudan
Z Mahmoud
2009-81

31.iii.2010
Al Hafair 
1510'55.25" N
3708'27.54"
Hand collected
3
{album}

{Lepisiota carbonaria}The photomontage is of a worker from Ethiopia, Turmi; 0458' N 3629' E; 925 m; 21.i.2010; 10 h; collector Serge Guiraud; hand collected; workers.


{Lepisiota carbonaria} The photomontage is of a specimen from Sudan, Abbasiya - 121'9.01" N 2758'3.17" E, collector Zuheir Mahmood, 2009, Sudan 38.

Head sub-ovoid; eyes near circular and weakly convex (ca 0.33 of length of side of head); quite thick petiole scale, with short but distinct spines; erect hairs very short and sparse, yellowish (ca 0.08 mm long on gaster; ca 0.10 mm on alitrunk); completely dark brown-black, shiny
TL ca 2.0-2.7 mm, CI 100, SI 133


{Lepisiota carbonaria}The photomontage of a worker from the BMNH collection, shown as carbonaria, is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0906261. A clear close match to the above specimen.

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