The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota mota (Santschi) new status

Petiole with no more than denticles

Small southern African species - TL no more than 2.2 mm - rubrovaria-group

Lepisiota mota (Santschi) new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Acantholepis arnoldi For. stirps mota n. st, Santschi, 1937d: 239, illustrated, worker) collected at Kapunda by Dr A Monard - no images on Antweb (October 2014)

Worker only described .

{Lepisiota mota}Santschi's (1937d) description is on {original description}.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota mota
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 106

0034' N
0919' E
Yellow traps at edge of savannah


{Lepisiota mota}The photomontage is of a specimen from Gabon, collected in a yellow tray trap, set in savannah at Pongara National Park, by Yves Braet. This exactly matches the illustration given by Santschi (1937d), including the weakly dentate petiole scale. It appears to be somewhat more red-brown than given by Santschi but the areas of lighter colour are the same. On this basis, I have raised mota to a full species status from the Santschi placement as a stirps of Lepisiota arnoldi.

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