Cataglyphis hispanica

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Cataglyphis hispanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. hispanica
Binomial name
Cataglyphis hispanica
(Emery, 1906)

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Gonçalves et al (2017) found Cataglyphis hispanica to be one of the most common ants in the Iberian vineyards they sampled (pitfall trapping).

At a Glance • Brachypterous Queen  • Parthenogenetic  

Identification

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 41.554444° to 37°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.
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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.
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Biology

Flight Period

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Association with Other Organisms

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Fungi

This species is a host for the fungus Myrmicinosporidium durum (a pathogen) in Portugal (Gonçalves et al., 2012.).

Life History Traits

  • Queen type: brachypterous

Castes

Queens are brachypterous (i.e. short-winged), implying a significant reduction in female dispersal (Peeters & Aron 2017).

Thorax of brachypterous queen in C. hispanica, showing modified thoracic sclerites. Photo by Adam Khalife
Side view of thorax of brachypterous queen in C. hispanica. Photo by Adam Khalife
Dissection of thorax of brachypterous queen in C. hispanica, showing absence of wing muscles and phragma. Photo by Adam Khalife

Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Myrmecocystus viaticus hispanicaWorker. Specimen code casent0911119. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Cataglyphis viatica hispanica nigroidesWorker. Specimen code casent0912203. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMB, Basel, Switzerland.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • hispanica. Myrmecocystus viaticus subsp. hispanicus Emery, 1906d: 57.
    • [First available use of Myrmecocystus viaticus r. niger var. hispanica Forel, 1903c: 267 (w.) SPAIN; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name (Agosti, 1990b: 1483).]
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Spain: Béjar (E. Saunders).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Tinaut, 1991: 218 (q.m.).
    • Combination in Cataglyphis: Santschi, 1919e: 246;
    • combination in C. (Monocombus): Santschi, 1929b: 29.
    • Subspecies of viatica: Emery, 1908g: 216; Stitz, 1917: 348; Santschi, 1919e: 246; Menozzi, 1922b: 332; Emery, 1925b: 266; Santschi, 1925g: 356; Ceballos, 1956: 318.
    • Status as species: Santschi, 1929b: 29; Santschi, 1931a: 13; Santschi, 1932c: 73; Santschi, 1932g: 5; Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 86; Collingwood, 1978: 92 (in key); Agosti, 1990b: 1483; Tinaut, 1991: 217 (redescription); Bolton, 1995b: 135; Collingwood & Prince, 1998: 28 (in key); Borowiec, L. 2014: 56; Lebas, et al. 2016: 162; Arcos, Chavez, et al. 2022: 10.
    • Senior synonym of nigroides: Tinaut, 1991: 220 (in text) ; Bolton, 1995b: 135.
    • Distribution: Portugal, Spain.
  • nigroides. Cataglyphis (Monocombus) hispanica var. nigroides Santschi, 1929b: 59 (in key).
    • [First available use of Cataglyphis viaticus st. hispanicus var. nigroides Santschi, 1925g: 356 (w.) PORTUGAL; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name (Agosti, 1990b: 1483).]
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Portugal: S Fiel (Martins).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Subspecies of hispanica: Santschi, 1932g: 5; Agosti, 1990b: 1483.
    • Junior synonym of hispanica: Tinaut: 1991: 220 (in text) ; Bolton, 1995b: 136.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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