Leptogenys lucidula

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Leptogenys lucidula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. lucidula
Binomial name
Leptogenys lucidula
Emery, 1895

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Cambodia, India, Myanmar (type locality), Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • lucidula. Leptogenys lucidula Emery, 1895k: 462 (w.) MYANMAR. Senior synonym of huangdii: Xu, Z.-H., He, Q.-J. 2015: 143. See also: Bingham, 1903: 66.
  • huangdii. Leptogenys huangdii Xu, 2000a: 119, figs. 5-8 (w.) CHINA. Junior synonym of lucidula: Xu, Z.-H., He, Q.-J. 2015: 143.


The following is the original description of Leptogenys huangdii, a junior synonym of this taxon:

Holotype worker: TL 5.2, HL 1.27, HW 1.07, CI 84, SL 1.00, SI 94, PW 0.73, AL 1.93, ED 0.17, ML 0.63, PL 0.40, PH 0.60, DPW 0.43, LPI 160, DPI 108.

Head nearly square. Occipital margin almost straight, shallowly depressed. Occipital carina distinct. Occipital corners blunt but distinct. Lateral sides of head weakly convex. Inner margin of mandible with 1 small tooth, masticatory margin with 5 large teeth and 3 small teeth. Clypeus has blunt and stout longitudinal central carina, median lobe rounded at apex. Apex of scape just reached to occipital corner, segments 4-9 of flagellum about as broad as long. Eyes smaller. In profile view dorsum of alitrunk weakly depressed at metanotal groove, promesonotal suture distinct. Dorsum of propodeum straight, about 1.8 times as long as declivity, in profile view posterodorsal corner rounded, declivity shallowly depressed. Petiolar node anteroposteriorly compressed, in profile view anterior face evenly convex, dorsal face convex, posterior face straight; in dorsal view the node nearly semicircular, width : length = 5 : 3. Subpetiolar process large, triangular. Constriction between the two basal gastral segments weak. Mandibles finely and longitudinally striate. Head, alitrunk, petiole and gaster smooth and shining. Anterior 113 of head finely and longitudinally striate. Dorsa of head and body with abundant erect or suberect short hairs, without pubescence. Antennal scapes with abundant decumbent hairs and dense decumbent pubescence. Femora and tibiae with dense decumbent hairs. Head and alitrunk black, with blue metallic luster. Petiole and gaster blackish brown. Mandibles, antennae, clypeus, legs and gastral apex reddish brown. Tarsi brownish yellow.

Paratypes: TL 4.8-5.2, HL 1.23-1.30, HW 1.00-1.07, CI 79-84, SL 0.97-1.03, SI 94-97, PW 0.70-0.77, AL 1.73-1.90, ED 0.17-0.18, ML 0.60-0.70, PL 0.37-0.40, PH 0.53-0.60, DPW 0.38-0.43, LPI 142-150, DPI 96-109 (5 measured). As holotype.

Holotype: Worker, No. A96-565, 830 m, Menglun, Mengla County, Yunnan Province, Mar.6, 1996, XU Zheng-hui. Paratypes: 7 workers, with same data as holotype; 1 worker, with same data as holotype but No. A96-1178, 700 m, Chen Zhi-ping; 14 workers, No. A97-1147, No. A97-1152, 660 m, Karst Monsoon Forest, Cuipingfeng, Menglun Town, Mengla County, Yunnan Province, Aug. 10, 1997, Liu Tai-Yong.


  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 66, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1895m. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e regioni vicine. LXIII. Formiche di Birmania del Tenasserim e dei Monti Carin raccolte da L. Fea. Parte II. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 34[=(2(14): 450-483 (page 462, worker described)