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Species: Leptogenys intermedia   Emery, 1902 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Leptogenys intermedia Emery, 1902c: 32 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated). Type-locality: South Africa: Cape Prov., Willowmore (H. Brauns). Type-depository: MSNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Replacement name for Leptogenys nitida (Smith, 1858). [Junior primary homonym of Ponerites nitidus (Heer, 1849) (Bolton, 1995b: 231).]
[Note: Leptogenys intermedia oldest junior synonym of Leptogenys nitida (Smith, 1858) (synonymy by Bolton, 1975a PDF: 289); hence Leptogenys intermedia first available replacement name (Bolton, 1995b: 231).]
Status as species: Emery, 1911e PDF: 102; Forel, 1914d PDF: 214; Wheeler, 1922: 789; Arnold, 1926 PDF: 209; Bolton, 1995b: 231.
Senior synonym of Leptogenys nitida aena: Bolton, 1975a PDF: 289.
Senior synonym of Leptogenys capensis: Bolton, 1975a PDF: 289.
Senior synonym of Leptogenys nitida gracilis Santschi, 1914: Bolton, 1975a PDF: 289.
Senior synonym of Leptogenys tenuis: Bolton, 1975a PDF: 289.
[Note: all the synonyms, originally junior synonyms of the junior homonym Leptogenys nitida (Smith, 1858), are here transferred to the replacement name Leptogenys intermedia. It is certain that several closely related species are aggregated here.]

Taxon Page Images:

Leptogenys intermedia. Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; 17 July 2016. Photo by Philip Herbst; collection by Ricky Taylor

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Bolton 1975a


Caste of types: (w)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 20 times found in Grassland, 7 times found in montane rainforest, 5 times found in Forest, 1 times found in Acacia Thicket (in Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld), 2 times found in Combretum erythrophyllum Riverine Woodland (in Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld), 3 times found in Savanna, 4 times found in Lydenburg Montane Grassland, 3 times found in Lydenburg Thornveld, 2 times found in Acacia nigrescens savanna, 1 times found in Forest - Indigenous, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Under rotting bark on soil, 4 times ex rotten log, 4 times under stone, 1 times leaf litter, 1 times foraging, 1 times Under cowpat, 1 times Soil surface, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood).

Collected most commonly using these methods: 29 times Pitfall trap, 8 times Hand collected, 8 times By hand, 3 times Turning over rocks, 2 times Litter Sieving + Winkler, 1 times Winkler, 2 times Winkler Bag, 1 times W 1 large mixed sample, 1 times Dead wood, 1 times direct collection, 1 times Leaf litter, Winkler, ...

Elevations: collected from 10 - 2400 meters, 1274 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1893-12-31 and 2021-02-16

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011946; paratype of Leptogenys tenuis: casent0916844; syntype of Leptogenys brevinodis deflocata: casent0915230; syntype of Leptogenys intermedia: casent0903945; syntype of Leptogenys nitida speculans: casent0915232; syntype of Leptogenys tenuis: casent0915231; syntype of Leptogenys nitida adpressa: casent0907356; syntype of Leptogenys nitida aena: casent0907357; syntype of Leptogenys nitida brevinodis: casent0907358; syntype of Leptogenys nitida grandior: casent0907359; syntype of Ponera nitida: casent0902578; type of Leptogenys intermedia: focol1031; type of Leptogenys tenuis: focol1032, focol1033, focol1034

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