|At a Glance||• Brachypterous Queen|
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Colonies consist of a few queens and 784 ± 341 workers (range 220-1300)(16 colonies; P.A. Eyer, unpublished PhD).
Short-winged (non-flying) queens exit from natal nest, mate on branches, then re-enter natal nest. On one occasion, a colony was observed to fission the next day after mating (X. Cerda, unpublished observation from Sierra de Cazorla (Spain), July).
Queens are brachypterous, i.e. they emerge from cocoons with non-functional short wings (reviewed in Peeters & Aron 2017).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- velox. Cataglyphis (Monocombus) viatica var. velox Santschi, 1929b: 30, figs. 6, 34 (w.) SPAIN. Tinaut, 1990c: 54 (q.m.). Junior synonym of viatica: Collingwood, 1979: 73. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Tinaut, 1990c: 52.
- Collingwood, C. A. 1979. The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Fauna Entomol. Scand. 8: 1-174 (page 73, Junior synonym of viaticus)
- Peeters C & Aron S. 2017. Evolutionary reduction of female dispersal in Cataglyphis desert ants. Biological J. Linnean Society 122: 58–70. PDF
- Santschi, F. 1929b. Étude sur les Cataglyphis. Rev. Suisse Zool. 36: 25-70 (page 30, figs. 6, 34 worker described)
- Tinaut, A. 1990. Taxonomic situation of the genus Cataglyphis Forster, 1850 in the Iberian Peninsula 2. New position for C. viatica (Fabricius, 1787) and redescription of C. velox Santschi, 1929 stat. n. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). EOS. Rev. Esp. Entomol (page 52, Revived from synonymy and raised to species)(page 54, queen, male described)