The Ants of Africa
Genus Leptogenys
Leptogenys elegans Bolton

Leptogenys elegans Bolton

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Nigeria (Bolton, 1975a: 265, illustrated, head, plus eye shape); holotype worker and two paratype workers were collected by Bolton from the stump of a rotten tree branch at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, 10.ix.1969 .

Leptogenys elegansBolton's description is at {original description}.

{Leptogenys elegans} Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1976: 23). WORKER. TL 4.50-4.90 mm, HL 0.96-1.02, HW 0.68-0.72, SL 0.89-0.94, PW 0.58-0.62
Colour black, extremities yellow-brown, shiny. Coarsely sculptured with fovea smaller on head than elsewhere on body. Collection as the holotype by B. Bolton.

Observed foraging on native trees and cocoa in Ghana, including pkd collections, at Pankese Cocoa Station (1 worker, C.A. Collingwood, 10.ix.1969), Bunso (6 workers by pkd, 7 and 30.vii.1969), CRIG (1 worker, ant ecology sample, 8.x.1966) and Asikaisu (1 worker, ant ecology sample, 9.ix.1969) (all by D. Leston).

Also from Ivory Coast, at Plantation Niecky, 40 km west of Abidjan (5 workers, W.L. Brown, 14.i.1963); and Cameroun at Byime-Assi (G. Terron) (all above in Bolton, 1975a).

Leptogenys elegansThe photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Leptogenys elegans
B Taylor det.
E Poirier
PF 14
Nimba County
0731’06" N
0835’34" E
Pitfall trap
Secondary forest
473 m asl

Leptogenys elegans
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 236
0034' N
0919' E
Pointe Wingombe; malaise trap under trees

{Leptogenys elegans}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Liabala; collector E Poiriet (Liabala PF 14).

{Leptogenys elegans male}The photomontage is of a male from Gabon; Pongara National Park, Pointe Wingombe; collector Yves Braet.
Although the male is unreported and undescribed, the petiole matches that of the worker and, so, I have placed this specimen here.

2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.