Cataglyphis urens

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

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Specimen Labels

This bright red species with the high-raised propodeum has so far only been taken in the south and south-west of the Arabian Peninsula below 25°30'N and is not known from outside Arabia. The specimens along the Arabian Gulf coast in the United Arab Emirates have sometimes some variation of propodeal height within one single nest. (Collingwood and Agosti 1996)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Oman (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • urens. Cataglyphis urens Collingwood, 1985: 290.
    • [First available use of Cataglyphis bicolor st. abyssinica var. urens Santschi, 1929b: 52 (w.m.) OMAN; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name (Agosti, 1990b: 1486).]
    • Status as species: Agosti, 1990b: 1486; Bolton, 1995b: 137; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 383; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 464; Borowiec, L. 2014: 61.



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. 1985. Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 7: 230-302.
  • 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., D.Agosti, M.R. Sharaf, and 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.
  • Collingwood, C. A.. "Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia." Fauna of Saudi Arabia 7 (1985): 230-302.
  • Santschi, F.. "Étude sur les Cataglyphis." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 36 (1929): 25-70.
  • Sharaf M. R., B. L. Fisher, H. M. Al Dhafer, A. Polaszek, and A. S. Aldawood. 2018. Additions to the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Oman: an updated list, new records and a description of two new species. Asian Myrmecology 10: e010004