Cataglyphis floricola

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Cataglyphis floricola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. floricola
Binomial name
Cataglyphis floricola
Tinaut, 1993

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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C. floricola presents two types of queens: brachypterous (with short non-functional wings) and ergatoid (worker-like apterous queens). Ergatoids are, on average, 2.8 mg lighter and have half the number of ovarioles than brachypterous queens (Amor et al. 2011)


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

  • floricola. Cataglyphis floricola Tinaut, 1993: 125, figs. 1-4 (w.q.m.) SPAIN. [Cataglyphis floricola Cerda, Retana, Carpintero & Cros, 1992: 315. Nomen nudum.]



  • Amor F, Ortega P, Jowers MJ, Cerdá X, Billen J, Lenoir A, Boulay RR 2011. The evolution of worker–queen polymorphism in Cataglyphis ants: interplay between individual and colony-level selections. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1473-1482.
  • Cerda, X., Retana, J. & Carpintero, S. 1996. The caste system and social repertoire of Cataglyphis floricola (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Journal of Ethology 14: 1-8.
  • Cerdá, X.; Retana, J.; Carpintero, S.; Cros, S. 1992. Petals as the main resource collected by the ant Cataglyphis floricola. Sociobiology 20: 315-319 (page 315, nomen nudum)
  • Tinaut, A. 1993. Cataglyphis floricola nov. sp. new species for the genus Cataglyphis Förster, 1850 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 66: 123-134 (page 125, figs. 1-4 worker, queen, male described)