Cataglyphis viatica

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Cataglyphis viatica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. viatica
Binomial name
Cataglyphis viatica
(Fabricius, 1787)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Georgia, Greece, Montenegro, Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Field observations by Serge Aron (Morocco, May 2019) - Dealate queens were running on the ground. One queen retrieved food to a hole in the ground. Another two queens were fighting outside an entrance hole after which one ran away, but returned soon after and attempted to enter again. These behaviours, together with the existence of wing muscles (see thorax dissection), suggest that queens mate outside their natal nest ('female calling'), disperse by flight, shed their wings and attempt non-claustral ICF (Peeters & Aron 2017).


Wing muscles inside the thorax of the flying queen in Cataglyphis viatica. Dissection by Christian Peeters, photograph by Adam Khalife.


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

  • viatica. Formica viatica Fabricius, 1787: 308 (w.) SPAIN. Mayr, 1861: 45 (q.m.). Combination in Monocombus: Mayr, 1855: 382; in Myrmecocystus: Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; in Cataglyphis: Mayr, 1861: 45; Emery, 1912f: 98; Santschi, 1919e: 246; in C. (Monocombus): Santschi, 1929b: 29. Senior synonym of europaea: Emery, 1892b: 161. See also: Tinaut, 1990c: 50; Wehner, R., Wehner, S. & Agosti, 1994: 163.
  • europaea. Formica cephalotes subsp. europaea Christ, 1791: 511, pl. 60, fig. 9 (w.) EUROPE. Junior synonym of viatica: Emery, 1892b: 161.