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


Knaden,  Markus
Research Group Dr. M. Knaden, Insect Behavior, Department of Neuroethology, Prof. B. S. Hansson, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Knaden, M., Tinaut, A., Stökl, J., Cerda, X., & Wehner, R. (2012). Molecular phylogeny of the desert ant genus Cataglyphis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 16, 123-132.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-CE9B-9
Since the middle of the 20 th 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 con-clude that major features of the morphology-based species-group phylogenies are supported by our molecular approach.