Cataglyphis minima

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Cataglyphis minima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. minima
Binomial name
Cataglyphis minima
Collingwood, 1985

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Specimen Labels

At Rawdhat Khorim, Saudi Arabia, C. minima has an abundance and foraging behavior similar to Cataglyphis nigra (Sharaf et al., 2013).



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 25.38333333° to 17.5°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

Currently, C. minima appears to have a more restricted distribution in the Arabian Peninsula than other species of the genus. It was originally described from Saudi Arabia and recorded from UAE (Tigar and Collingwood, 1993) (Sharaf et al., 2013).



Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0249862. Photographer Ryan Perry, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • minima. Cataglyphis minima Collingwood, 1985: 289, fig. 75 (w.q.) SAUDI ARABIA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated), 1 paratype queen.
    • Type-localities: Saudi Arabia: Bishah, 7.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood), Saudi Arabia: desert W Najran, 10.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood).
    • [Note: Collingwood does not specify the locality of origin of the holotype.]
    • Type-depositories: NHMB (holotype); DAPC, NHMB, WMLC (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Agosti, 1990b: 1494; Bolton, 1995b: 136; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 381; Mohamed, Zalat, et al. 2001: 45; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 458; Sharaf, Abdel-Dayem, et al. 2013: 572; Borowiec, L. 2014: 58.
    • Distribution: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Collingwood C. A., D. Agosti, M. R. Sharaf, A. Van Harten, 2011. Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae. Arthropod Fauna of the UAE 4: 405-474
  • Collingwood, C. A., and Donat Agosti. "Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (Part 2)." Fauna of Saudi Arabia 15 (1996): 300-385.
  • Mohamed, S., S. Zalat, H. Fadl, S.Gadalla and M. Sharaf. 2001. Taxonomy of ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) collected by pitfall traps from Sinai and Delta region, Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Natural History 3:40-61