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Lepisiota syriaca (André)

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l/Lebanon (Acantholepis frauenfeldi ssp syriaca, André, 1881b: 61, illustrated, alitrunk of queen, all forms; raised to species by Tohmé & Tohmé, 1980c: 518) Jaffa & Beirut - no images on Antweb (October 2014).

{Lepisiota syriaca queen}André's (1881b) description is on {original description}.
Finzi's (1936: 185) illustrated description of syriaca from Egypt is on {original description}.

{Lepisiota syriaca}Tohmé & Tohmé (1980c) reviewed the status and described the sexual stages; this is at {original description}.
Reference is made to - Tohmé & Tohmé 1975. Description des castes d'Acantholepis frauenfeldi, Mayr et des différents stades larvaires. Bull. Soc. ent. Egypte, 59, 131-141 - not listed in Bolton (1995) nor in HNS.

{Lepisiota syriaca petioles}

{Lepisiota syriaca}WORKER - TL 2.0-3.2 mm; petiole scale acutely dentate; propodeum with short teeth about than 0.5 X basal space; clypeus with weaker median carina; less shiny but finely and distinctly reticulate; alitrunk dark reddish-brown, with appendages lighter
André (1881b) noted this variety as from Beirut with a small size; close to bipartita in colour and appearance. However, its behaviour ("allures") is quite different and the queens are distinct from those of the type and of bipartita.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota syriaca
B Taylor det.

J Kugler

31°47' N
35°13' E
2 workers & 1 queen


{Lepisiota syriaca worker}The photomontage is of workers from Israel, Tel Aviv, sent to BT by Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University. 

{Lepisiota syriaca queen}The photomontage is of a queen from Israel, Tel Aviv, sent to BT by Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University.

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