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.
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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.
- Collingwood, C. A. 1985. Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia. Fauna Saudi Arab. 7: 230-302 (page 291, Raised to species)
- Collingwood, C.A., Agosti, D., Sharaf, M.R. & van Harten, M. 2011. Order Hymenopters, family Formicidae. in: Arthropod Fauna of the UAE. Volume 4, pages 405-474.
- Santschi, F. 1929b. Étude sur les Cataglyphis. Rev. Suisse Zool. 36: 25-70 (page 48, fig. 3 worker described)
- Sharaf, M.R., Collingwood, C.A. & Aldawood, A.S. 2015. Notes on the ant genus Cataglyphis Foerster, 1850 in the Arabian Peninsula with description of a new species and a key to species of the C. pallida-group. ZooKeys 545: 101-117.