The Ants of Africa
Genus Plagiolepis
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) abyssinica Forel

Plagiolepis Mayr sensu stricto

Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) abyssinica Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ethiopia (Plagiolepis exigua Forel, r. abyssinica, n. stirps, Forel, 1894b: 73, worker, not illustrated; raised to species Collingwood, 1985: 297) Sudabessinien, Ilg
worker only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Forel's (1894b) description is at - {original description}. Collingwood (1985) who raised it to species status has - "size very small, TL < 1.3 mm" HL 0.35, HW 0.28, SL 0.28, CI 80, SI 100; "body and appendages completely pale yellowish brown; eye length one-sixth of head length; slightly larger and darker than the oriental P. exigua, TL 1.12 mm". Forel had the colour as brown-black, with the mid-alitrunk reddish brown and the gaster and antennae brownish-yellow.

For comparison, Forel's (1894c: 417) description of exigua from India is at - {original description}. With a description in English by Bingham (1903: 323) at {original description}.

Plagiolepis abyssinica paratypeThe photomontage of a type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) abyssinica
B Taylor det.

J Mathews
JM 154

Abu Gmein, Blue Nile
1121' N
3427' E
pyrethrum fogging of Acacia senegal

Plagiolepis abyssinicaThe photomontage is of two specimens from Sudan, Abu Gmein, Blue Nile; collector J Mathews(JM 154)

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