The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota zassii Taylor new species

Petiole with no more than denticles

Body colour black; with slender pale long, erect hairs; ovoid heads - canescens-group

Lepisiota zassii Taylor new species

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Congo

WORKER DESCRIPTION: Head in full face view almost circular; eyes relatively large and set behind the mid-point of the head; scape surpasses occiput by less than one-third its own length; viewed from above pronotum circular; petiole with distinct but short apical spines; long white erect hairs on anterior of head, propodeum and gaster; very shiny and almost unsculptured, like Lepisiota submetallica, but without any irridescence, simply very shiny black.

TL ca 3 mm, HW 0.62, HL 0.68, CI 95, SI 104, PW 0.44

Named in recognition of the collector, Eric Zassi.

Holotype worker deposited in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota zassii
B Taylor det.

E Zassi

03°20'12.0" S
015°28'43.6" E
Village Mah; 24h pitfall trap; 24h pitfall trap

{Lepisiota n sp Congo 51}The photomontage is of the holotype worker from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna, S 03°20'12.0" E 015°28'43.6"; 4-5.ii.2008; n sp51; pitfall trap 09, t 1; Village Mah; collected by Eric Zassi.

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