Cataglyphis savignyi

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Cataglyphis savignyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. savignyi
Binomial name
Cataglyphis savignyi
(Dufour, 1862)

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Specimen Labels




Lives in extreme arid habitats

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Algeria, Egypt (type locality), Israel, Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Variations in body size among workers of C. savignyi. From Arad Park, Israel. Photo by Christian Peeters


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

  • savignyi. Formica savignyi Dufour, 1862: 141 (w.m.) EGYPT. Combination in Myrmecocystus: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; in Cataglyphis: Roger, 1863b: 12; Emery, 1925b: 265. Junior synonym of viatica: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; of bicolor: Emery, 1925b: 265. Revived from synonymy: Billen, 1989: 301; Agosti, 1990b: 1490. Senior synonym of desertorum: Cagniant, 2009: 51. See also: Wehner, R., Wehner, S. & Agosti, 1994: 163.
  • desertorum. Myrmecocystus viaticus var. desertorum Forel, 1894c: 402 (w.) SPAIN. Karavaiev, 1912a: 17 (m.); Santschi, 1929b: 46 (m.); Karavaiev, 1924: 306 (q.). Combination in Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis): Karavaiev, 1924: 306; in Cataglyphis: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 944; Emery, 1925b: 265. Subspecies of viatica: Emery, 1898c: 126; Forel, 1902a: 156. Junior synonym of bicolor: Forel, 1907e: 15; Santschi, 1910f: 234; Emery, 1925b: 265. Subspecies of bicolor: Karavaiev, 1911: 10; Karavaiev, 1912a: 17; Karavaiev, 1924: 306. Raised to species: Collingwood, 1985: 286. Junior synonym of viatica: Agosti, 1990b: 1491; of savignyi: Cagniant, 2009: 51.