Cataglyphis viaticoides

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Cataglyphis viaticoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Cataglyphis
Species: C. viaticoides
Binomial name
Cataglyphis viaticoides
(André, 1881)

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Specimen Labels

At Rawdhat Khorim, Saudia Arabia, C. viaticoides is a common species found throughout the year and abundant from June to October, with a peak in September. Cataglyphis viaticoides was often observed foraging on Calotropis procera (Aiton) W. T. Aiton (Apocynaceae) (Sharaf et al., 2013). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on parkland ground in a moderate to very low rainfall area.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Armenia, Greece, Iran, Israel, Lebanon (type locality), Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb The collection of this species at Rawdhat Khorim, Saudi Arabia, represents the first record known for Saudi Arabia and the second record for the Arabian Peninsula. Collingwood et al. (2011) reported it from UAE (Sharaf et al., 2013).




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

  • viaticoides. Myrmecocystus albicans var. viaticoides André, 1881b: 57 (w.) LEBANON. Arnol'di, 1964: 1809 (m.). Combination in Cataglyphis: Emery, 1925b: 263. Subspecies of albicans: Forel, 1902a: 156; Santschi, 1929b: 61. Raised to species: Arnol'di, 1964: 1809; Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 85. See also: Tinaut & Plaza, 1990: 192.



  • Tinaut, A.; Plaza, J. L. 1990 [1989]. Situación taxonómica del género Cataglyphis Förster, 1850 en la Península Ibérica. I. Las especies del subgénero Cataglyphis Förster (Hym. Formicidae). EOS. Rev. Esp. Entomol. 65: 189-199 (page 192, see also)