Cataglyphis bellicosa

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Cataglyphis bellicosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. bellicosa
Binomial name
Cataglyphis bellicosa
(Karavaiev, 1924)

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Specimen Labels

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on the ground and consider it to be widespread.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iran (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • bellicosa. Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis) bicolor subsp. bellicosus Karavaiev, 1924: 307 (w.) IRAN.
    • Combination in Cataglyphis: Agosti, 1990b: 1487.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Santschi, 1929b: 49; Karavaiev, 1932: 250..
    • Subspecies of bicolor: Agosti, 1990b: 1487; Bolton, 1995b: 134.
    • Status as species: Radchenko, 1997c: 434; Radchenko, 1998: 504 (in key); Paknia, et al. 2008: 154; Borowiec, L. 2014: 52; Khalili-Moghadam, et al. 2019: 168.

The following notes on V.A. Karavaiev type specimens have been provided by Martynov & Radchenko (2016) based on material held in the Institute of Zoology, Ukrainian Academy of Science:

Type locality(-ies): “Steinbruch bei Douchat-abad, 4 Kilometer südwärts von Teheran (Persien), 23.IX.1916, Bocquillon, Arbeiter. Typen in meiner Sammlung und dem Kaukasischen Museum (Tiflis)”.

Original Karawajew label(-s): “Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis) / bicolor F. subsp. Bellicosus Karav. / Typus V. Karavaiev, 1916 / 23.IX.1916 Доухан-абадъ бл. Теге- / рана, Персия. Неизв. собиратель. Кавк. Муз. [=Doukhan-abad near Teheran, Persia, Unknown collector, Caucasian Museum]” (see also Fig. 4).

Material: SYNTYPES, 3 w (newly mounted, IN 314/6/1).

Notes. The type locality was given in the original description as “Douchat-abad” (in German), but in the original labels this place was spelled in Russian as “Доухан-абадъ” [= Doukhan-abad, in English].

Radchenko (1997b) believed that the type specimens of C. bellicosus were lost and designated the neotype worker: “Керман, ю-в Персия, В. Кузнецов, 23.III.928” [= Kerman, SE Persia, V. Kuznetzov]. As the syntype specimens of this species have been found, the neotype specimen has lost its taxonomic value.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti D. 1990. Review and reclassification of Cataglyphis (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 24: 1457-1505.
  • Agosti, D. 1990. Review and reclassification of Cataglyphis (Hymentopera: Formicidae) . Journal of Natural History 24:1457-1505.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Karavaiev V. 1932. Zwei neue Ameisen aus Aserbeidschan (Transkaukasien). Zool. Anz. 98: 248-250.
  • Khalili-Moghadam A., L. Borowiec, and A. Nemati. 2019. New records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari Province of Iran with taxonomic comments. Polish Journal of Entomology 88 (2): 163–182.
  • Martynov A. V., and A. G. Radchenko. 2016. Karawajew’s ant type specimens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the National Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Zootaxa 4097 (2): 244–254.
  • Paknia O., A. Radchenko, H. Alipanah, and M. Pfeiffer. 2008. A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Iran. Myrmecological News 11: 151-159.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.
  • Radchenko A. G. 1998. A key to ants of the genus Cataglyphis Foerster (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Asia. Entomological Review (Birmingham) 78: 475-480.
  • Radchenko, A.G. 1998. A key to ants of the genus Cataglyphis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Asia. Entomological Review 78(4):475-480.
  • Santschi, F.. "Étude sur les Cataglyphis." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 36 (1929): 25-70.