Taxonomic review of the Cataglyphis livida complex (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), with a description of a new species from Iran

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2021
Authors:S. Salata, Kiyani, H., Minaei, K., Borowiec, L.
Keywords:Cataglyphis, eastern Mediterranean, key to species, south-western Iran, taxonomy

Cataglyphis  fici sp.  nov.,  a  member  of  the  Cataglyphis  livida  complex,  is  described  from  the  Estahban  county of south-western Iran. The species is characterized by small body size and yellow to yellowish red body coloration with distinctly infuscated legs. Additionally, the taxonomic status of all known members of the Cataglyphis livida complex is updated. Cataglyphis lutea Pisarski, 1967, stat. rev. is raised to the species level and Cataglyphis viaticoides (André, 1881) is proposed as a senior synonym of Cataglyphis livida bulgarica  Atanassov,  1982,  syn.  nov.  and  Cataglyphis  albicans  mixtus  (Forel,  1895),  syn.  nov.  Finally,  a  provisional key to members of the livida complex is provided.

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