Cataglyphis saharae

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Cataglyphis saharae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. saharae
Binomial name
Cataglyphis saharae
Santschi, 1929

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Specimen Labels


The synonym Cataglyphis laylae was reported to be most abundant in disturbed habitats such as man-developed plantations and open cultivated fields. (Collingwood et al. 2011)


Collingwood et al. (2011) for synonym C. laylae - One of the commonest Calaglyphis in southern Arabia. The main distinguishing feature compared with other dark Cataglyphis is the slender petiole, which has the anterior face more sloped than in other similar species such as Cataglyphis niger (Andre, 1882) and Cataglyphis savignyi.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality), Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • saharae. Cataglyphis (Cataglyphis) bicolor st. saharae Santschi, 1929b: 48, fig. 3 (w.) ALGERIA. Raised to species: Collingwood, 1985: 291. Senior synonym of laylae: Sharaf, Collingwood & Aldawood, 2015: 113.
  • laylae. Cataglyphis laylae Collingwood, in Collingwood, et al. 2011: 458, pl. 96-103 (w.) UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Junior synonym of saharae: Sharaf, Collingwood & Aldawood, 2015: 113.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Collingwood et al. (2011) for C. laylae: total length 8.40; head width 3.60; head length 4.20; scape lenglh 3.84; funicular segment I 0.40; funicular segment II 0.23; petiole length 1.10; petiole width 0.72. Colour dark reddish brown. There are no exterior hairs on the scapes or hind tibia. The gaster, petiole and propodeum have dorsal hairs.