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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 lunaris, Lepisiota capensis minuta, Lepisiota capensis simplicoides, Lepisiota capensis specularis, Lepisiota capensis subopaciceps, Lepisiota capensis thoth

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

12 subspecies

Acantholepis capensis Mayr, 1862 PDF: 699 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. "South Africa, Cape of Good Hope, coll. Novara." Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria (NHMW). CASENT0915714. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

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.


Afrotropical Region: Africa, Botswana, Eastern, Eritrea, Gauteng, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mozambique, Mpumalanga, Namibia, Northern Cape, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Western Cape
Indomalaya Region: Asia, India, Southern Asia
Palearctic Region: China, Eastern Asia, Macaronesia, Northern Africa

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, 1 times found in West Coast Strandveld, 5 times found in Kathu Bushveld; Acacia erioloba woodland, 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, 1 times ground forager(s).

Collected most commonly using these methods: 40 times Pitfall trap, 12 times Pitfall trap, 5 days, 12 times hand collected, 7 times winkler, 2 times pooter, 1 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 1 times Sweepnet / Fogging, 1 times malaise trap.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 2100 meters, 1261 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Acantholepis capensis: casent0915714, casent0915715; type of Acantholepis capensis: focol2208

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