Cataglyphis oasium

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Cataglyphis oasium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species group: bicolor
Species: C. oasium
Binomial name
Cataglyphis oasium
Menozzi, 1932

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 35.674444° to 20.967531°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Tunisia (type locality).

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.




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

  • oasium. Cataglyphis bicolor var. oasium Menozzi, 1932c: 95.
    • [First available use of Cataglyphis bicolor st. nodus var. oasium Santschi, 1929b: 46 (w.q.m.) TUNISIA, ALGERIA; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name (Agosti, 1990b: 1487).]
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype queens, syntype males (numbers not stated).
    • Type-localities: Tunisia: Tozzeur, v.1927 (F. Santschi), Tunisia: Tozzeur, 1909 (Dumont), Tunisia: Kairouan (F. Santschi), Algeria: Figuig, 1919 (P. Palary), Algeria: Aïn Safra (Boitel).
    • Type-depository: NHMB .
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Santschi, 1929c: 106; Santschi, 1931a: 13; Santschi, 1932f: 520; Santschi, 1934f: 175; Santschi, 1936e: 82; Santschi, 1938a: 43; Menozzi, 1940: 271; Bernard, 1950b: 292; Bernard, 1953a: 199.
    • Subspecies of bicolor: Agosti, 1990b: 1487; Bolton, 1995b: 136.
    • Status as species: Radchenko, 1997c: 431; Radchenko, 1998: 506 (in key); Borowiec, L. 2014: 59.
    • Distribution: Algeria, Iran, Libya, Tunisia.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti D. 1990. Review and reclassification of Cataglyphis (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 24: 1457-1505.
  • Agosti, D. 1990. Review and reclassification of Cataglyphis (Hymentopera: Formicidae) . Journal of Natural History 24:1457-1505.
  • Bernard F. 1950. Contribution à l'étude de l'Aïr. Hyménoptères Formicidae. Mém. Inst. Fr. Afr. Noire 10: 284-294.
  • Bernard F. 1953. Les fourmis du Tassili des Ajjer. Pp. 121-250 in: Bernard, F. (ed.) 1953. Mission scientifique au Tassili des Ajjer (1949). Volume I. Recherches zoologiques et médicales. Paris: P. Lechevalier, 302 pp.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Santschi, F. 1929. Etude sur les Cataglyphis. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 36: 25-70.
  • Santschi, F. 1931. Inventa entomologica itineris Hispanici et Maroccani, quad a. 1926 fecerunt Harald et Hakan Lindberg. 9. Fourmis du Bassin Mediterraneen occidental et du Maroc recoltees par MM. Lindberg. Societas Scientiarum Fennica Commentationes Biologicae 3: 1-13
  • Santschi, F. 1934. Fourmis du Sahara central. Memoires de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle d'Afrique du Nord 4: 165-177.
  • Santschi, F. 1938. Quelques nouvelles fourmis d'Egypte. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique d'Egypte 21: 28-44.
  • Santschi, F.. "Étude sur les Cataglyphis." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 36 (1929): 25-70.