The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota anceps (Forel) - new status

Petiole with short spines

Body colour black; with pale short, erect hairs - depilis-group

Lepisiota anceps (Forel) new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Acantholepis capensis Mayr v. anceps n. var, Forel, 1916: 438, worker)
worker only described .

Forel's (1916) brief description is at {original description}. WORKER - TL 2.4-2.7 mm; pilosity as on depilis; petiole scale and propodeum as with simplex; from Congo, collected by H Kohl, nesting in the ground.

The combination of characters, by extrapolation seems to be - [like simplex] metanotum [propodeum] simply enlarged and angular posteriorly; petiole scale feebly scalloped without teeth ; [like depilis] moderately abundant yellowish-white pilosity, pubescence sparse white appressed.

{Lepisiota anceps}The photomontage of a type collection worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota anceps
B Taylor det.

Z Klein

not known

On yams imported into Israel

{Lepisiota anceps ?}The photomontage is of a specimen from Nigeria, found on imported yams in Israel, courtesy of Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University. This seems just different enough from Lepisiota obtusa to be anceps; i.e the wider head, etc. The general shape appears similar to the type collection worker shown above (June 2013) although the amount of pilosity and pubescence appears more abundant.

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.