The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota depressa (Santschi)

Petiole with short spines

Body colour dark, usually black; TL > 2.2 mm; erect hairs relatively short, dark coloured, may be sparse - capensis-group

Lepisiota depressa (Santschi)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Kenya (Acantholepis depressa, Santschi 1914b: 126, illustrated, worker) - no images on Antweb (October 2014)

Worker only described .

{Lepisiota depressa}Santschi's (1914b) description is on {original description}. Santschi (1935a: 275) noted that this species has a marked metallic violaceous blue sheen, like Lepisiota submetallica but if anything even more pronounced.

WORKER - TL 2.2-2.4 mm; HL slightly > HW; scapes surpassing occiput by over 1/3 of their own length; petiole with feeble teeth; moderately abundant yellowish-white pilosity, pubescence sparse white appressed ; black, appendages blackish-brown.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota depressa
B Taylor det.

G McGavin
tree 5-60

354.75' S
3748.58' E
pkd collection from Acacia dendropanolobium; L99037M 0374884 UTM 9571017


{Lepisiota depressa}The photomontage is of a specimen from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve, 354.75' S 3748.58' E, pkd collection from Acacia drepanolobium, 12.i.1997, by G McGavin (Tree 5-60).

{Lepisiota depressa}The photomontage is compiled from screenshots of the ant from a film "The Queen of Trees", on Ficus sycomorus L. (Sycamore Fig - found throughout eastern Africa and north into Egypt and Syria); filmed, directed and produced by Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone; scientific advisor Stephen Compton, BBC Natural World series, 2005. The film is set in southern Kenya (Mzima?).

2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.