The Ants of Africa
Genus Lepisiota
Lepisiota validiuscula (Emery) new status

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 validiuscula (Emery) new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Somalia (Acantholepis capensis Mayr, var. validiuscula n. var., Emery, 1897e: 602, worker) Ueb, E Ruspolii - see below .

Emery's (1897e) description is on {original description}

TL 2.8-3.3 mm; somewhat stockier than capensis type; propodeal prominences more pronounced; scape surpasses occiput by ca 1/2 its own length; longer coarser and more abundant erect pilosity; dark brown, appendages brown, scape ochreous-yellow
Wheeler (1922) had validiscula a larger more robust form, with abundant, erect, dark brown pilosity; Santschi 1937d) noted it appeared to have a matt appearance.

Of validiscula, in Southern Africa and Zimbabwe, Arnold (1920a) noted - "Generally distributed and very common. Nesting usually under stones; an industrious attendant on Aphididae and Coccidae".

{Lepisiota validiuscula} Nigeria specimens (as Acantholepis species T¹, Taylor, 1978: 37). WORKER. Size variable; TL 3.08-2.86 mm, HL 0.67, HW 0.61, SL 0.92, PW 0.44
Colour black or dark red-brown, with yellow tarsi. Sculpturation of fine striations on the pronotum, of rugae on the mesonotum and propodeum. Erect hairs stout, dark, moderately abundant on body and head. Propodeal prominences dentate but not spinose. Petiole spines moderately developed and straight.
This form appears to match the capensis variety validiscula (type location Somalia) as described by Wheeler (1922).
Occasionally found on cocoa, probably nests in the soil and will build tents of vegetable matter around Pseudococcids.

{Lepisiota validiuscula}The photomontage of the (presumably) type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Lepisiota tenuipilis
B Taylor det.

S Tchibozo

06°55’32.8 N
02°29’13 E
Forêt de Gbèvozoumè
Lisière fourmis (forest edge/ border ants)


{Lepisiota validiuscula}The photomontage is of a specimen from Benin; Collection details - Forêt de Gbèvozoumè, 06°55’32.8 N 02°29’13 E; lisière fourmis (forest edge/ border ants); 28.ii.2007; S Tchibozo.

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