Open Access: CC BY 4.0


Knaden, M., Tinaut, A., Stökl, J., Cerdá, X. & Wehner, R.

Year: 2012


Molecular phylogeny of the desert ant genus Cataglyphis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Journal: Myrmecological News

Volume: 16

Pages: 123-132

Type of contribution: Original Article

Supplementary material: Yes


Since the middle of the 20th century ants of the genus Cataglyphis – inhabiting the southern part of the Palearctic region – have become model organisms for insect navigation and various other fields of biological research. Currently ca. 100 Cataglyphis species are described. However, although molecular-based phylogenetic analyses are common practice in ant systematics, to date phylogenetic analyses of Cataglyphis have been strictly morphology-based. Here we present the first molecular phylogeny based on mitochondrial Dna (754 bp) of 78 Cataglyphis specimens collected over a large part of the distributional range of the genus. By examining the same specimens based on morphological characters, we can conclude that major features of the morphology-based species-group phylogenies are supported by our molecular approach.

Open access, licensed under CC BY 4.0. © 2012 The Author(s).

Key words:

Cataglyphis, phylogeny, mtDNA, morphology, systematics.

Publisher: The Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics

ISSN: Print: 1994-4136 - Online: 1997-3500