Cataglyphis piliscapa

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Cataglyphis piliscapa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. piliscapa
Binomial name
Cataglyphis piliscapa
(Forel, 1901)

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Brachypterous Queen  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Queen is brachypterous, i.e. short, non-functional wings are present at adult emergence. This implies that she mates close to her natal colony, and dispersal distance is limited (Peeters & Aron 2017)


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

  • piliscapa. Myrmecocystus cursor var. piliscapa Forel, 1901h: 66 (w.) FRANCE. Santschi, 1929b: 36 (m.). Combination in Cataglyphis (Monocombus): Santschi, 1929b: 36. [Misspelled as pilicornis: Santschi, 1932c: 73.] Raised to species: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 285 (in key). Senior synonym of tibialis: Agosti, 1990b: 1482.
  • tibialis. Cataglyphis tibialis Bondroit, 1918: 39 (w.) FRANCE. Subspecies of cursor: Santschi, 1925g: 355; Emery, 1925b: 263. Junior synonym of cursor: Bernard, 1967: 281; Collingwood, 1978: 73; of piliscapa: Santschi, 1929b: 36; Agosti, 1990b: 1482.