Cataglyphis flavobrunnea

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Cataglyphis flavobrunnea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. flavobrunnea
Binomial name
Cataglyphis flavobrunnea
Collingwood & Agosti, 1996

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Specimen Labels

Identification

Sharaf et al. (2015) - The original description of C. flavobrunnea indicated differential diagnosis of this taxon with Cataglyphis laevior of the C. bicolor-group, diehlii-complex (Agosti, 1990). However, examination of the newly designated lectotype and the remaining 11 paratypes indicates that the species are very different. Cataglyphis flavobrunnea has a uniformly brownish body and yellowish gaster whereas C. laevior has yellowish brown body and dark brown gaster. The head and mesosoma of C. flavobrunnea has dense white pubescence, whereas C. laevior lacks pubescence on the head and mesosoma. Collingwood and Agosti (1996) mentioned that head C. flavobrunnea is smooth and polished, but the head of the Lectotype is dull and is finely granulate.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Oman (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • flavobrunnea. Cataglyphis flavobrunneus Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 378, fig. 41 (w.) OMAN.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

Sharaf et al. (2015) - Major head. HW = HL (CI 100), minor the same with a shallowly convex posterior margin and nearly straight sides; first funicular segment 1.35× longer than second. Mesosoma. Metanotal spiracle distinctly raised. Petiole. Petiole in profile smoothly rounded but slightly assymetrical with the anterior more rounded and posterior near flat. Pilosity. Propodeal dorsum with two pairs of erect hairs; pronotum and mesonotum each with a single pair of erect hairs; posterior margin of head bare; gaster with sparse scattered and very short hairs; all body pubescence whitish or pale. Sculpture. Cephalic, mesosomal and petiolar surfaces finely punctate and dull, gaster smooth and shining. Colour. Head, mesosoma, petiole, coxae and femora brownish, antennae, tibiae and tarsi yellowish brown, gaster uniform dirty yellow.

TL 8.81; HL 1.92; HW 1.82 (major HL = HW = 2.31 Antweb scale); SL 2.21; FS1 0.38; FS2 0.28; PW 1.20; EL 0.53; Indices: CI 95 (Antweb image 100); EI 29; SI 121.

Type Material

Sharaf et al. (2015) - Saudi Arabia: Jeddah, 7.v.l978 (W. Buttiker) (Naturhistorisches Museum Basel), casent0249838; one paratype worker is designated here as lectotype; new designation.

The original description of C. flavobrunnea indicated differential diagnosis of this taxon with Cataglyphis laevior of the C. bicolor-group, diehlii-complex (Agosti, 1990). However, examination of the newly designated lectotype and the remaining 11 paratypes indicates that the species are very different (casent0104615). Cataglyphis flavobrunnea has a uniformly brownish body and yellowish gaster whereas C. laevior has yellowish brown body and dark brown gaster. The head and mesosoma of C. flavobrunnea has dense white pubescence, whereas C. laevior lacks pubescence on the head and mesosoma. Collingwood and Agosti (1996) mentioned that head C. flavobrunnea is smooth and polished, but the head of the Lectotype is dull and is finely granulate.

References