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Species: Lepisiota capensis   (Mayr, 1862) 

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See Also:

Lepisiota capensis acholli, Lepisiota capensis anceps, Lepisiota capensis guineensis, Lepisiota capensis issore, Lepisiota capensis junodi, Lepisiota capensis laevis, Lepisiota capensis minuta, Lepisiota capensis simplicoides, Lepisiota capensis specularis, Lepisiota capensis subopaciceps, Lepisiota capensis thoth

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 11 valid subspecies

Acantholepis capensis Mayr, 1862 PDF: 699 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: South Africa, Cape of Good Hope, coll. Novara; CASENT0915714; NHMW. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Mayr, 1865 PDF: 57 (m.); Emery, 1877: 366 (q.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1980 PDF: 542 (l.).
Combination in Lepisiota: Xu, 1994c: 233.
See also: Bingham, 1903 PDF: 316; Arnold, 1920a PDF: 568.

Taxon Page Images:

Lepisiota capensis. 1. Worker; 2. Queen; 3. Drone. Tygerberg Nature reserve, Cape Town, South Africa; 16 May 2016. Photos and collection by Philip Herbst.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Comoros, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Malagasy

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Forel 1907g



Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 30 times found in grassland, 11 times found in Lydenburg Montane Grassland, 5 times found in Kathu Bushveld; Acacia erioloba woodland, 1 times found in West Coast Strandveld, 7 times found in Lydenburg Thornveld, 6 times found in Ohrigstad Mountain Bushveld, 5 times found in Kathu Bushveld, dominated by Tarchonanthus camphoratus, 2 times found in fynbos, 2 times found in Olifantshoek Plains Thornveld, open woodland, 1 times found in Dwelling, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times under stone, 5 times leaf litter, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times in walls, 2 times ground forager(s).

Collected most commonly using these methods: 41 times Pitfall trap, 14 times Pitfall trap, 5 days, 14 times Hand collected, 7 times Winkler, 2 times pooter, 1 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 1 times Sweepnet / Fogging, 1 times direct collection, 1 times malaise trap.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 2100 meters, 1202 meters average

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011984; syntype of Acantholepis capensis: casent0915714, casent0915715; type of Acantholepis capensis: focol2208

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