Cataglyphis velox

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Cataglyphis velox
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. velox
Binomial name
Cataglyphis velox
Santschi, 1929

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Specimen Labels

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iberian Peninsula, Portugal, Spain (type locality).

Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Cataglyphis velox for further details


Biology

Nest entrance of C. velox with workers busy excavating soil. From southern Spain. (Photo by Christian Peeters)

Castes

Queens are brachypterous, i.e. they emerge from cocoons with non-functional short wings.

Three dealate egg-laying queens (note bigger gasters) together with workers of various body sizes. From southern Spain. (Photo by Christian Peeters)

Nomenclature

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

  • velox. Cataglyphis (Monocombus) viatica var. velox Santschi, 1929b: 30, figs. 6, 34 (w.) SPAIN. Tinaut, 1990c: 54 (q.m.). Junior synonym of viatica: Collingwood, 1979: 73. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Tinaut, 1990c: 52.

Description

References

  • Collingwood, C. A. 1979. The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Fauna Entomol. Scand. 8: 1-174 (page 73, Junior synonym of viaticus)
  • Santschi, F. 1929b. Étude sur les Cataglyphis. Rev. Suisse Zool. 36: 25-70 (page 30, figs. 6, 34 worker described)
  • Tinaut, A. 1990. Taxonomic situation of the genus Cataglyphis Forster, 1850 in the Iberian Peninsula 2. New position for C. viatica (Fabricius, 1787) and redescription of C. velox Santschi, 1929 stat. n. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). EOS. Rev. Esp. Entomol (page 52, Revived from synonymy and raised to species)(page 54, queen, male described)