The Ants of Africa
Genus Cataglyphis
Cataglyphis bombycinus (Roger)
bombycinus-group

Cataglyphis bombycinus (Roger)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Libya (Formica bombycina, Roger, 1859: 232, illustrated, all forms) - no images on Antweb (July 2014)
junior synonym phaeogaster (Camponotus phaeogaster, Walker, 1871: 10, worker; synonymy Dalla Torre, 1893: 217) from Saudi Arabia - no images on Antweb (July 2014)
subspecies bruneipes (Myrmecocystus (Cataglyphis) bombycinus Rog. v. bruneipes n. var., Santschi, 1911i: 287, worker) from Tunisia - see below
all forms known.

With the fresh specimens, especially a major, I have elevated Cataglyphis bombycinus subspecies sinaiticus (Wheeler & Mann, 1916: 173, soldier & worker) from Egypt to species status as Cataglyphis sinaiticus.


{Cataglyphis bombycinus}Roger's (1859) description is at {original description} and {original description}. Walker's (1871) description of phaeogaster is at {original description}. Santschi's (1911i) description of bruneipes is at {original description}.

Agosti (1990a) synonymised "Camponotus phaenogaster" (Walker, 1871: 10) with bombycinus (based on the description apparently as he did not find the original specimens in London; the name is mis-spelt, as Walker used phaeogaster.

A desert species (Finzi, 1940); Agosti (1990a) listed syntype workers from Sudan (Red Sea & Nubia, legs. Schaum, Ehrenberg, Sichel).


{Cataglyphis bombycinus}From Egypt, it was illustrated by Savigny (Audouin, J.-V. 1825-27: Plate 20 Fig 5); referred to by Roger (1859: 32).


{Cataglyphis bombycinus bruneipes}The photomontage of a major worker of bruneipes is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912186. An identical large (media) worker from Egypt can be seen on the linked page (see below).


{Cataglyphis bombycinus bruneipes}The photomontage of a minor worker of bruneipes is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=0912187.


{Cataglyphis bombycinus polymorphism} The photomontage is of specimens from Israel, sent to BT by Armin Ionescu. For photographs of specimens from Egypt and Sudan (collection records below), plus the various morphs go to Polymorphism examples.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataglyphis bombycinus
B Taylor det.
Israel
B Shalmon


5.iii.1980
Timna
Hand collected
5
{album}
Cataglyphis bombycinus
B Taylor det.
Egypt
M Sharaf

23.xii.1997
Aswan
2405' N
3256' E
Wadi Allaqi 2

Cataglyphis bombycinus
B Taylor det.
Egypt
M Sharaf
7.v.2003
Zaranik
3039' N
3426' E

2
{album}
Cataglyphis bombycinus
B Taylor det.
Sudan
Z Mahmoud
2009-33, 35, 62
Selima Oasis
2122'16.90" N
2918'64.15" E
Hand collected
6
{album}
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