Cataglyphis nodus

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Cataglyphis nodus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. nodus
Binomial name
Cataglyphis nodus
(Brullé, 1833)

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Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on parkland ground in a moderate rainfall area.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece (type locality), Hungary, Iran, Israel, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the eucharitid wasp Eucharis microcephala (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (primary host).



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

  • nodus. Formica nodus Brullé, 1833: 326, pl. 48, fig. 1 (w.) GREECE. Combination in Cataglyphis: Mayr, 1861: 44. Junior synonym of viatica: Roger, 1861b: 163; Dalla Torre, 1893: 218. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of bicolor: Emery, 1925b: 265. Subspecies of bicolor: Menozzi, 1927e: 119; Santschi, 1929b: 47; Menozzi, 1936d: 305; Bernard, 1948: 162. Raised to species: Arnol'di, 1964: 1802; Pisarski, 1965: 421. Junior synonym of bicolor: Wehner, Harkness & Schmid-Hempel, 1983: 7. Revived from synonymy: Collingwood, 1985: 290; Agosti, 1990b: 1489; Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 291. Senior synonym of orientalis: Emery, 1925b: 265; Finzi, 1928c: 791; of caucasicola, mesasiatica: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 153; of nodus: Borowiec & Salata, 2013: 383. [Misspelled as nuda: Santschi, 1933b: 108.]
  • orientalis. Myrmecocystus viaticus var. orientalis Forel, 1895d: 228 (w.) TURKEY. Combination in Cataglyphis: Emery, 1912f: 99. Junior synonym of setipes: Ruzsky, 1905b: 430. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of viatica: Forel, 1910a: 24. Subspecies of bicolor: Santschi, 1921a: 116. Junior synonym of noda: Emery, 1925b: 265; Finzi, 1928c: 791.
  • caucasicola. Cataglyphis nodus subsp. caucasicola Arnol'di, 1964: 1803, figs. 1, 2 (w.m.) GEORGIA. Junior synonym of noda: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 153.
  • mesasiatica. Cataglyphis nodus subsp. mesasiatica Arnol'di, 1964: 1803, figs. 1, 3 (w.m.) UZBEKISTAN. Junior synonym of noda: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 153.
  • rufiventris. Cataglyphis bicolor var. rufiventris Emery, 1925b: 265 (w.) GREECE. [First available use of Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis) viaticus subsp. orientalis var. rufiventris Forel, 1911d: 353; unavailable name.] Junior synonym of nodus: Borowiec & Salata, 2013: 383.

Taxonomic Notes

Khalili-Moghadam et al. (2019) - The Iranian samples are generally darker in colour than the typical populations from the Balkans. Unfortunately, the material from Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari Province contained only workers, so we were unable to compare the male genitalia of the Iranian and Balkan populations. We do not know, therefore, whether these darker populations represent a separate morphotype or even a separate species.