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Cataglyphis aenescens (Nylander)

Cataglyphis aenescens (Nylander)

return to listIran list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Russia (Formica aenescens n.sp., Nylander, 1849: 37, all forms; modern status as species, Pisarski, 1967: 416; Tarbinsky, 1976: 203) "Russia meridionali" ex D. V. Motschulski - no images on Antweb (April 2017). Radchenko (2007: 36) stated the type specimens were intact in the Finnish Museum of Natural History and "correspond to the modern treatment of Cataglyphis aenescens".
junior synonyms
caspius (Myrmecocystus cursor var caspius, Ruzky, 1902b: 470, queen & male, Ruzsky, 1905b: 447, worker; synonymy Emery, 1906d: 173; Karavaiev, 1910b: 18) from Russia - no images on Antweb (July 2014).
jakobsoni (Ruzsky, 1905b: 436, worker) from Turkestan - no images on Antweb (July 2014).
chatkalensis (Tarbinsky, 1976: 202, worker) from Kirgizia - no images on Antweb (July 2014).
georgicus (Arnol'di, 1968: 1816, illustrated, queen & male) from Georgia - no images on Antweb (July 2014).
tancrei (Myrmecocystus cursor Fonsc. var Tancrei n. stirps, Forel, 1901h; 66, worker; Forel, 1904b: 383, male, Ruzsky, 1905b: 446, queen) from China (type loc as in Bolton, 1995; China NW, Xinjiang Province, in Lelej, 2002: 22) - see below.

{Cataglyphis aenescens}{short description of image}Nylander's (1849) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1901h) description of tancrei is at {original description}. Emery (1906d: 173) gave an illustrated comparison with the type cursor, this is at {original description}. Pisarski (1967: 416) gave a summary of references and distribution in Afghanistan; this is at {original description}. Pisarski separated jakobsoni as a separate species in which the petiole is more conical.

In cursor-group of Agosti (1990: 1465) - petiole squamiform and upright, mandible with five teeth, third maxillary palp never flattened and without long erect hairs, gaster with sparse pubescence; frons longitudinally striate; AL < 4 mm; FI (first funiculus segment/second funiculus segment length X 100) < 180 [this species ca 160]; monomorphic size variation in workers. Main candidate perhaps aenescens [Latin aenescens = coppery/bronze].  See Cataglyphis cursor.

{Cataglyphis aenescens tancrei}The photomontage of the type worker of tancrei is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataglyphis aenescens
B Taylor det.
R Nafisi
Rodab-Sabzevar- Khorasan
2892 ft

{Cataglyphis aenescens major}Worker from Iran, collector R Nafisi (03.01)

{Cataglyphis aenescens major}Worker from Iran, collector R Nafisi (03.03)

2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.