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  



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 37.114167° to 36.754167°.

Tropical South

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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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



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 Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • floricola. Cataglyphis floricola Tinaut, 1993: 125, figs. 1-4 (w.q.m.) SPAIN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 350 paratype workers, 4 paratype queens, 9 paratype males.
    • Type-locality: holotype Spain: Doñana, Huelva, Dunes of Matalascañas, nest 3, 28.iv.1992 (A. Tinaut); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: ATPC (holotype); ATPC, BMNH, MCNM, MHNG, MNHN, XEPC (paratypes).
    • [Cataglyphis floricola Cerda, et al. 1992: 315. Nomen nudum.]
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 135; Borowiec, L. 2014: 55; Lebas, et al. 2016: 168.
    • Distribution: Spain.



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.