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Lepisiota aegyptiaca (Finzi) - new status

Lepisiota aegyptiaca (Finzi) - new status

return to list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Egypt (Acantholepis frauenfeldi var aegyptiaca nov., Finzi, 1938: 185, illustrated, worker) - no images on Antweb (October 2014).

{Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca}Finzi's (1936) description of aegyptiaca is on {original description} From Egypt, it appears to have been illustrated by Savigny (Audouin, J.-V. 1825-27: Plate 20 Fig 11) - below.

{Lepisiota ? rauenfeldi}Egypt records - Lepisiota frauenfeldi ssp aegyptiaca ( Finzi, 1936: 184, illustrated, worker) - in HNS as Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. aegyptiaca Finzi
also in HNS as Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. opaciventris Finzi = Lepisiota frauenfeldi ssp opaciventris (Finzi, 1936: 187, illustrated, worker) Forel (1886f: 215) noted it as found by Ehrenberg in Egypt, as a variety with specimens with propodeal spines longer than the width of their base. Donisthorpe (1942a) recorded var variabilis (Santschi, 1917d: 43, type location Tunisia) from Siwa, three workers; and saharensis (Santschi, 1917d: 44, worker, illustrated, type location Algeria) 6 workers from Siwa, all collected by J Omer-Cooper; Donisthorpe (1947e) recorded variabilis from Siwa, Baharein, 1 worker, 9-10.v.1935.

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

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).

2007, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.