Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca

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Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Lepisiota
Species: L. frauenfeldi
Subspecies: L. frauenfeldi aegyptiaca
Trinomial name
Lepisiota frauenfeldi aegyptiaca
(Finzi, 1936)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Egypt (type locality), Israel.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • aegyptiaca. Acantholepis frauenfeldi var. aegyptiaca Finzi, 1936: 184, fig. 9 (w.) EGYPT. Combination in Lepisiota: Bolton, 1995b: 226.

Type Material

  • Syntype, 3 workers, Waki Hoff, Egypt, 5 March 1933, C. Koch, MCZC #28767.


Length 2.3 mm.

The worker of this species is distinguished from typical Lepisiota frauenfeldi from Dalmatia in that the anterolateral head is less converging anteriorly and narrower so as to be just one quarter of the width of the pronotum. In L. frauenfeldi (s.s.) the head is rather oval while in aegyptiaca it is more elongate anteriorly. The dorsum of the scale is weakly sculptured, much less than in the typical form of the species. Otherwise both are similar in color and in sculpture and gloss of the integument, in distribution of the pilosity and in the form of the pronotum ("chest"). (Finzi, 1936)


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 226, Combination in Lepisiota)
  • Finzi, B. 1936. Risultati scientifici della spedizione di S. A. S. il Principe Alessandro della Torre e Tasso nell'Egitto e peninsola del Sinai. XI. Formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Egypte 20: 155-210 (page 184, fig. 9 worker described)