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Lepisiota fervida (Santschi) undescribed
Lepisiota fervida (Santschi) - undescribed
Bernard (1952) listed the collection from Guinea,
Mt. Nimba (Mount Tô, Camp I, 1600 m) of a single worker under the
species name "Acantholepis (Pseudacantholepis) fervida
Santschi"; noting it had been described from Congo .
Bolton (1995) referred (page 53) all Acantholepis
names simply to "see under Lepisiota", having earlier (page 44)
noted under Pseudacantholepis - "Included species referrable to
Lepisiota". The name fervida is not listed
by Bolton. The name was not listed by Wheeler (1922) and as,
understandably, Bolton's catalogue does not have a species name index, pro
tem I include it as a mystery.
photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912377.
Type location Bokoro, Upper Congo, 20.iii.1915, R Mayné.
This collector's specimens were included in eight Santschi papers over
some 16 years, although the collection dates all were ca 1911-1913 (see "Collectors")
From the type images it seems almost certain that this is a specimen of Lepisiota hirsuta setosella described by Santschi (1935a) from specimens collected by Schouteden and Mayné, at "Congo da Lemba", x.1913.
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