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SUBFAMILY FORMICINAE - Genus Lepisiota (Mayr)
Lepisiota aegyptiaca (Finzi)

Lepisiota aegyptiaca (Finzi) - new status

return to list Type location Egypt (Acantholepis frauenfeldi var aegyptiaca nov., Finzi, 1936: 184, illustrated, worker) - no images on Antweb (February 2019).

{Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca}Finzi's (1936) description of aegyptiaca is on {original description}.

{Lepisiota ? rauenfeldi}Other likely Egypt records -

It appears to have been illustrated by Savigny (Audouin, J.-V. 1825-27: Plate 20 Fig 11)

Forel (1886f: 215) noted Acantholepis frauenfeldi Mayr, worker and queen; "a variety with specimens with propodeal spines longer than the width of their base", found by Ehrenberg in Egypt.

Donisthorpe (1942a) recorded var variabilis (Santschi, 1917d: 43, type location Tunisia, see below) from Siwa, three workers; and saharensis (Santschi, 1917d: 44, worker, illustrated, type location Algeria, see below) 6 workers from Siwa, all collected by J Omer-Cooper; Donisthorpe (1947e) recorded variabilis from Siwa, Baharein, 1 worker, 9-10.v.1935. Siwa Oasis, 2912'19"N 2531'10"E.

Sharaf list - aegyptiaca Kom Ombo (Aswan), 29.i.1954 (1); Luxor, 3.viii.1954 (2); Abu-Mena, 8.iv.1954 (1) (ASUC).

{Lepisiota frauenfeldi opaciventris}Likely junior synonym Lepisiota frauenfeldi ssp opaciventris (Finzi, 1936: 187, illustrated, worker).
Finzi's (1936) description of opaciventris is on {original description}

{Lepisiota variabilis}The photomontage of the holotype variabilis worker is collated from

{Lepisiota saharensis}The photomontage of the holotype saharensis worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota aegyptiaca
B Taylor det.

J Kugler

2833' N
3356' E

{short description of image}The photomontage is of specimens from Egypt, Sinai, Nakeb, 13.iii.1982, collector J Kugler; sent to BT by Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University. The gaster is fully shiny, the specimen shown has a small amount of glue on the first tergite.

{short description of image}The small illustration shows the Savigny specimen and the dorsal view of one of these, on the same scale, for comparison.

{Lepisiota ? rauenfeldi} From Egypt, a male appears to have been illustrated by Savigny (Audouin, J.-V. 1825-27: Plate 20 Fig 12).

2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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