The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota spinosior (Forel)

Petiole with spines longer than their basal interval - incisa-group

Lepisiota spinosior (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zimbabwe (Acantholepis spinosior n. sp., Forel 1913a: 144, worker; Arnold, 1920a: 558, queen), Bulawayo, by G Arnold - see below
ballaensis (Acantholepis spinosior Forel, var. ballaensis n.v., Arnold, 1920a: 558, worker) from Zimbabwe - see
natalensis (Acantholepis spinosior Forel, var. natalensis n.v., Arnold, 1920: 559, worker) from South Africa - see
worker and queen only described .

{Lepisiota spinosior}Forel's (1913a) description is at {original description} and Arnold's (1920a) translation with descriptions of the subspecies is at {original description}.

Note: the natalensis type appears fairly uniformly dark red-brown and has numerous erect hairs on the alitrunk (absent on the type and ballaensis) - these characters suggest it may be a separate species. A fresh worker from South Africa matches the type form - see

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

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