The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota egregia (Forel)

Petiole with short spines

Body colour black - with abundant erect hairs other than black - crinita-group

Lepisiota egregia (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zimbabwe (Acantholepis egregia n. sp., Forel, 1913a: 143, worker)- see below
subspecies santschii (Arnold, 1920a: 575, worker), also from Zimbabwe - see
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Lepisiota egregia}Forel's (1913a) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1920a) gave a translation of Forel's (1913a) description, plus describing the new variety santschii, these are at {original description}. The latter (see Antweb link, above) appears to be identical to the type.

Found in Ghana, on herbs under cocoa at the Mampong Cemetery Farm, and once in the cocoa canopy survey by Room (1971, as Acantholepis egregia). This seems an unlikely identification, with Lepisiota validiuscula or Lepisiota guineensis as good candidates.

{Lepisiota egregia}The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated from

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