Lepisiota capensis

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Lepisiota capensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. capensis
Binomial name
Lepisiota capensis
(Mayr, 1862)

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Specimen Label

Subspecies

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Comoros, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa (type locality).
Malagasy Region: Madagascar.
Oriental Region: India, Sri Lanka.
Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands, China.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a host for the encyrtid wasp Anagyrus lopezi (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (associate).
  • This species is a host for the cricket Myrmophilellus meneliki (a myrmecophile) in Ethiopia (Reichensperger, 1913).

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • capensis. Acantholepis capensis Mayr, 1862: 699 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Mayr, 1865: 57 (m.); Emery, 1877b: 366 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1980: 542 (l.). Combination in Lepisiota: Xu, 1994c: 233. Current subspecies: nominal plus acholli, anceps, guineensis, issore, junodi, laevis, lunaris, minuta, simplex, simplicoides, specularis, subopaciceps, thoth. See also: Bingham, 1903: 316; Arnold, 1920a: 568.

Description

Prins 1983. Figure 4 - Proventriculus.

Karyotype

  • 2n = 18 (India) (Imai et al., 1984) (as Acantholepis lunaris).

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