Cataglyphis albicans

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Cataglyphis albicans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species group: albicans
Species: C. albicans
Binomial name
Cataglyphis albicans
(Roger, 1859)

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Specimen Labels


Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran at an ice cream bait in a desert area.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 42.566667° to 13.6°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Canary Islands, Greece, Iran, Israel, Syria, Turkey.

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.


Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a host for the trematode Dicrocoelium lanceatum (a parasite) in Armenia (Arakelian et al., 1997) (as Cataglyphis albicans armenia).


Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0900322. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • albicans. Formica albicans Roger, 1859: 235 (w.) (no state data, “Im nördlichen Afrika”).
    • [Misspelled as abicans by Mayr, 1877: 20 (in list); misspelled as albicaus by Forel, 1890c: 218.]
    • André, 1882b: 174 (m.); Forel, 1894d: 11 (q.); Santschi, 1921d: 76 (gynandromorph).
    • Combination in Myrmecocystus: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; Emery, 1880: 391; Ruzsky, 1905b: 440;
    • combination in Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis): Santschi, 1910f: 234; Karavaiev, 1924: 305;
    • combination in Cataglyphis: Mayr, 1862: 701; Roger, 1863b: 12; Mayr, 1880: 28; Emery, 1912f: 98; Santschi, 1912c: 149; Menozzi, 1922b: 332; Santschi, 1929b: 37;
    • combination in C. (Cataglyphis): Santschi, 1929b: 37.
    • Subspecies of viatica: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; Emery, 1881b: 528.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1862: 701; Mayr, 1863: 402; Roger, 1863b: 12; Mayr, 1870b: 952; Mayr, 1877: 9; Emery, 1878a: ix (in list); Emery, 1878b: 48; Mayr, 1880: 28; Emery, 1880: 391; André, 1881b: 57; André, 1882b: 168 (in key); Emery, 1884a: 377; Forel, 1889: 256; Nasonov, 1889: 15; Emery, 1891b: 17; Dalla Torre, 1893: 216; Medina, 1893: 104; Forel, 1894d: 11; Forel, 1895d: 227; Forel, 1902a: 156; Forel, 1904c: 12; Ruzsky, 1905b: 440; Emery, 1906d: 50; Forel, 1908a: 14; Forel, 1909c: 105; Forel, 1909e: 383; Karavaiev, 1910a: 269; Karavaiev, 1910b: 37; Karavaiev, 1911: 10; Karavaiev, 1912a: 15; Santschi, 1912c: 149; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1923: 247; Karavaiev, 1924: 305; Emery, 1925b: 262; Kutter, 1928: 66; Santschi, 1929b: 37; Finzi, 1930b: 16; Santschi, 1931a: 13; Menozzi, 1934: 165; Finzi, 1936: 191; Santschi, 1936c: 210; Santschi, 1939c: 5; Finzi, 1940: 164; Donisthorpe, 1942a: 33; Bernard, 1945: 137; Bernard, 1948: 162; Bernard, 1953a: 199; Ceballos, 1956: 317; Arnol'di, 1964: 1808; Cagniant, 1964: 93; Cagniant, 1966b: 281; Cagniant, 1968a: 145; Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 85; Cagniant, 1970c: 30; Bernard, 1971: 8; Collingwood, 1978: 92 (in key); Barquin Diez, 1981: 473; Collingwood, 1985: 286; Kugler, J. 1988: 259; Tinaut & Plaza, 1990: 196; Agosti, 1990b: 1491; Hohmann, et al. 1993: 163; Arakelian, 1994: 106; Bolton, 1995b: 134; Espadaler, 1997b: 27; Radchenko, 1997c: 425; Radchenko, 1998: 507 (in key); Cagniant, 2006a: 194; Cagniant, 2009: 52; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 39; Legakis, 2011: 33; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 486; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 9; Borowiec, L. 2014: 51 (see note in bibliography); Lebas, et al. 2016: 160.
    • Senior synonym of armena: Radchenko, 1997c: 425.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus fezzanensis, franchettii, kairuana, opaca, targuia.
  • armena. Cataglyphis albicans subsp. armena Arnol'di, 1964: 1808, figs. 7, 8 (w.q.m.) ARMENIA.
    • Subspecies of albicans: Agosti, 1990b: 1491; Arakelian, 1994: 106; Bolton, 1995b: 134.
    • Junior synonym of albicans: Radchenko, 1997c: 425.

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al., (2018): Cataglyphis albicans armenus (Roger, 1859, j. syn. armenus Arnoldi, 1964) CASENT0903292. Type location North Africa; armenus from Armenia. There are no type images of Cataglyphis albicans so the trinomial armenus is used here.



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