The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota RVA 3108

Petiole with short spines

Body colour black; with slender dark, long, erect hairs - gerardi-group

Lepisiota species RVA 3108

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Benin, holotype worker only .

{Lepisota species undet 2} Nigeria specimens (as Acantholepis spinosior, Taylor, 1978: 37). WORKER. TL 2.43 mm, HL 0.65, HW 0.59, SL 0.76, PW 0.40
Colour black or dark red-brown, extremities lighter. Appearance dull because of an overall sculpturation of fine spiculation. Erect coarse, dark brown hairs moderately abundant on the body but sparse on the head. Propodeal prominences spinose. Petiole spines well developed and curving backwards.
Occasionally seen foraging on cocoa and will tend aphids; also found on coffee.

Also found in Ghana, as Acantholepis spinosior Forel (type location Zimbabwe, see Bolton, 1995), throughout the Mampong Cemetery Farm by Room (1971). Twenty-four workers were collected on the ground from a block of mature Amelonado cocoa at CRIG by Bigger (1981a).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota RVA 3108
B Taylor det.

J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3108.5

0712'55.2'' N
0219'13.7'' E
On ground
55 m asl


Lepisiota RVA 3108The photomontage is of a worker from Benin, Agonlin; collector J-F Vayssieres (RVA 3108).

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