The ant genus Cataglyphis Förster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Cyprus

Sebastian Salata, Jakovos Demetriou, Christos Georgiadis, Lech Borowiec

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The comprehensive survey of the ant fauna conducted in Cyprus revealed that the island is inhabited by two species of the genus Cataglyphis Förster, 1850. Both species are endemic and are described as new to science. Cataglyphis chionistrae n. sp., a member of the C. cursor species complex, occurs only in the high montane pine forest of Mt. Chionistra (= Mt. Olympos). While C. aphrodite n. sp., a member of the C. nodus species complex, is common at low and mid altitudes in open habitats or luminous pine forests. This work also provides the key to Cataglyphis from Cyprus and the very first synopsis lists of all the members of the cursor and nodus species complexes known from the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-322
Number of pages22
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 14 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Cataglyphis aphrodite
  • Cataglyphis chionistrae
  • desert ants
  • endemic species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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