Cataglyphis cursor

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Cataglyphis cursor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. cursor
Binomial name
Cataglyphis cursor
(Fonscolombe, 1846)

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Parthenogenetic  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: France (type locality), Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the fungus Aegeritella roussillonensis (a pathogen) (Espadaler & Santamaria, 2012).

Life History Traits

  • Mean colony size: 1,000 (Cagniant, 1983; Beckers et al., 1989)
  • Foraging behaviour: solitary forager (Cagniant, 1983; Beckers et al., 1989)



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

  • cursor. Formica cursor Fonscolombe, 1846: 41 (w.m.) FRANCE. Mayr, 1861: 45 (w.q.m.). Combination in Cataglyphis: Mayr, 1861: 45; Emery, 1912f: 99; Emery, 1916b: 267; Emery, 1925b: 263; in Myrmecocystus: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; in Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis): Karavaiev, 1924: 301; in Cataglyphis (Monocombus): Santschi, 1929b: 29.