The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota issore (Weber) new status

Petiole with short spines

Lepisiota issore (Weber) new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Sudan (Acantholepis capensis ssp issore, Weber, 1943c: 383, illustrated, worker & queen) Imatong Mts, 2.viii.1939, N A Weber - {original description}.


{Lepisiota capensis issore}WORKER - TL 2.4 mm; resembling simplex (cotype in MCZ) but larger, head less rectangular, long hairs more numerous and appendages darker; head broadest at posterior; scapes surpass occiput by about 1/3 their own length; a rounded transition from dorsum to declivity of the propodeum with only blunt tubercles; petiole node expanded laterally, dorsally emarginate; nest in dead tree branch.

Note: Weber did not comment on the pale erect hairs, as opposed to the dark hairs of capensis and simplex. From my determination of fresh workers from Sudan as depilis, this may be a junior synonym of that species.


{Lepisiota issore}The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0903161

Note: I can see no difference between this and the worker of Lepisiota acholli Weber shown at http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0903162

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