Lepisiota elegantissima Collingwood & van Harten,

Cedric A. Collingwood, Donat Agosti, Mostafa R. Sharaf & Antonius van Harten, 2011, Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae, Arthropod fauna of the UAE 4, pp. 1-70: 60-61

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.1168586

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Lepisiota elegantissima Collingwood & van Harten

nov. spec.

Lepisiota elegantissima Collingwood & van Harten  nov. spec.

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Specimens examined: Holotype: ☿, United Arab Emirates, Wadi Maidaq [25°18'N 56°07'E], 26.x – 9.xi.2006, in yellow and white water traps, leg. A. van Harten ( NHML)GoogleMaps  . Paratypes: 5 ☿, same data as holotype but in Liverpool Museum; 1 ☿, same data but 15–31.x.2010. Three workers collected from Malaise trap at Wadi Wurayah, 18–25.iii.2007, are in alcohol and were not included in the type series.

Description: Head and gaster black, midbody and petiole yellowish brown. Legs and antennae yellow, the apical parts of mid and hind femora are suffusedly blackish. Surface sculpture dull, finely reticulate. Petiole long with very short blunt lateral processes (teeth). Propodeum with a pair of fine upright teeth. Mesonotum tube-like, very thin, narrow and long relative to pronotum and propodeum.

Measurements (in mm): Total length 4.25–4.60; head length 0.80–0.82; head width 0.46– 0.61, scapus length 2.0, eye diameter 0.23, petiole width 0.16; petiole length 0.56; propodeal teeth 0.09; mesonotal width 0.16; mesonotal length 0.24; hind tibia 2.04; pronotum 0.90 long, 1.46 wide. Scape index 4.44 (excessively long in comparison to other species). No dorsal hairs except for a few on clypeus and some very short hairs on petiole.

Differential diagnosis: An elegant elongate species with long legs and antennae, differing from L. arenaria  and L. longinoda  by its blunt petiole and long narrow mid-body.

Etymology: The species epiphet elegantissima  is derived from ‘elegans’, Latin for elegant, meaning most elegant, referring to the shape of this very beautiful species.


Libya, Tripoli, Natural History Museum