Cataglyphis setipes

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Cataglyphis setipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. setipes
Binomial name
Cataglyphis setipes
(Forel, 1894)

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Specimen Labels

This species inhabits subtropical areas and is relatively easy to find because they preferentially occupy open habitats. These ants have been observed to form permanent nests in dry soil; nests can be easily located in bare ground and along roadside. Workers of this species usually forage individually and raise gaster in locomotion (Wachkoo & Bharti, 2015). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on the ground in a moderate rainfall area.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Iran.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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In Turkmenistan this species is parasitized by the ant Cataglyphis zakharovi.



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

  • setipes. Myrmecocystus viaticus r. setipes Forel, 1894c: 401 (w.) INDIA. Ruzsky, 1902d: 9 (q.m.); Imai, et al. 1984: 9 (k.). Combination in Cataglyphis: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 945. Subspecies of bicolor: Emery, 1906d: 58; Emery, 1908g: 217; Santschi, 1929b: 49. Raised to species: Bingham, 1903: 312; Collingwood, 1961: 289; Collingwood, 1961a: 65; Arnol'di, 1964: 1804; Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 554. Senior synonym of turcomanica: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 155; Radchenko, 1997c: 435; of dschambulica and material of the unavailable name setipesdesertorum referred here: Radchenko, 1997c: 435. [Radchenko, 1997c: 435 places longipedem as a junior synonym of setipes, but if the synonymy is correct then longipedem has priority; so treated here.] Junior synonym of longipedem: Bolton, unpublished. Status as species: Wachkoo & Bharti, 2015: 3.



  • 2n = 52, karyotype = 12M+40A (India) (Imai et al., 1984) (at figure subtitle it is mentioned 2n=54 but it may be a mistake since the formula is correct as desbribed in the results and the karyotype has 26 chromosome pairs).