Cataglyphis isis

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Cataglyphis isis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species group: bicolor
Species: C. isis
Binomial name
Cataglyphis isis
(Forel, 1913)

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 30.1° to 24.385212°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.



Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code antweb1008061. Photographer Hans Peter Katzmann, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by ULM, Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany.


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

  • isis. Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis) diehlii var. isis Forel, 1913d: 434.
    • [First available use of Myrmecocystus viaticus subsp. diehlii var. isis Forel, 1909e: 385 (w.) EGYPT; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name (Agosti, 1990b: 1489).]
    • Combination in Cataglyphis: Emery, 1925b: 265.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1925b: 265; Santschi, 1929b: 50; Stitz, 1932b: 737; Finzi, 1936: 193.
    • Subspecies of diehlii: Pisarski, 1965: 421.
    • Status as species: Collingwood, 1985: 288; Kugler, J. 1988: 259; Agosti, 1990b: 1489; Bolton, 1995b: 135; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 381; Radchenko, 1997c: 431; Radchenko, 1998: 505 (in key); Vonshak, et al. 2009: 39; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 454; Borowiec, L. 2014: 56.
    • Senior synonym of protuberata: Radchenko, 1997c: 431; Radchenko, 1998: 505 (in key).
  • protuberata. Cataglyphis bicolor var. protuberata Crawley, 1920b: 177 (w.) IRAQ.
    • Subspecies of bicolor: Emery, 1925b: 266; Santschi, 1929b: 62 (in key); Pisarski, 1965: 421; Agosti, 1990b: 1487; Bolton, 1995b: 136.
    • Junior synonym of isis: Radchenko, 1997c: 431; Radchenko, 1998: 505 (in key).



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.
  • 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., 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.
  • Crawley W. C. 1920. Ants from Mesopotamia and north-west Persia (concluded). Entomol. Rec. J. Var. 32: 177-179.
  • Kugler J. 1988. The zoogeography of Israel. 9. The zoogeography of social insects of Israel and Sinai. Monographiae biologicae 62: 251-275.
  • Pisarski B. 1965. Les fourmis du genre Cataglyphis Foerst. en Irak (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Bulletin de l'Académie Polonaise des Sciences. Série des Sciences Biologiques 13: 417-422.
  • Radchenko A. G. 1998. A key to ants of the genus Cataglyphis Foerster (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Asia. Entomological Review (Birmingham) 78: 475-480.
  • 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
  • Stitz H. 1932. Formicidae der Deutschen Limnologischen Sunda-Expedition. Arch. Hydrobiol. Suppl.-Bd. 9(Tropische Binnengewässer 2 2: 733-737
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.