Cataglyphis floricola

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Cataglyphis floricola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. floricola
Binomial name
Cataglyphis floricola
Tinaut, 1993

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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C. floricola presents two types of queens: brachypterous (with short non-functional wings) and ergatoid (worker-like apterous queens). Ergatoids are, on average, 2.8 mg lighter and have half the number of ovarioles than brachypterous queens (Amor et al. 2011)


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

  • floricola. Cataglyphis floricola Tinaut, 1993: 125, figs. 1-4 (w.q.m.) SPAIN. [Cataglyphis floricola Cerda, Retana, Carpintero & Cros, 1992: 315. Nomen nudum.]



  • Amor F, Ortega P, Jowers MJ, Cerdá X, Billen J, Lenoir A, Boulay RR 2011. The evolution of worker–queen polymorphism in Cataglyphis ants: interplay between individual and colony-level selections. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1473-1482.
  • Cerda, X., Retana, J. & Carpintero, S. 1996. The caste system and social repertoire of Cataglyphis floricola (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Journal of Ethology 14: 1-8.
  • Cerdá, X.; Retana, J.; Carpintero, S.; Cros, S. 1992. Petals as the main resource collected by the ant Cataglyphis floricola. Sociobiology 20: 315-319 (page 315, nomen nudum)
  • Ruano, F., Tinaut, A. 1993. Estructura del nido de Cataglyphis floricola Tinaut, 1993. Estudio comparado con los hormigueros de C. iberica (Emery, 1906) y C. rosenhaueri (Emery, 1906) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Boletín de la Asociación Española de Entomologia 17: 179-189.
  • Tinaut, A. 1993. Cataglyphis floricola nov. sp. new species for the genus Cataglyphis Förster, 1850 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 66: 123-134 (page 125, figs. 1-4 worker, queen, male described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Amor, F., P. Ortega, X. Cerdá and R. Boulay. 2010. Cooperative prey-retrieving in the ant Cataglyphis floricola: an unusual short-distance recruitment. Insectes Sociaux 57(1):91-94.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Carpintero, S., A. Tinaut, J. Reyes, and L. Arias. "Estudio faunístico de los formícidos (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) del Parque Nacional de Doñana." Boletín de la Asociación Española de Entomología 25 (1-2) (2001): 133-152.
  • Cerda, X., E. Angulo, R. Boulay and A. Lenoir. 2009. Individual and collective foraging decisions: a field study of worker recruitment in the gypsy ant Aphaenogaster senilis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:551-562
  • Retana J., and X. Cerdá X. 2000. Patterns of diversity and composition of Mediterranean ground ant communites tracking spatial and temporal variability in the thermal environment. Oecologia 123: 436-444.
  • Tinaut, A.. "Cataglyphis floricola nov. sp. new species for the genus Cataglyphis Förster, 1850 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Iberian Peninsula." Mitteilungen der Schweirzerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 66 (1993): 123-134.