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SUBFAMILY FORMICINAE - Genus Cataglyphis - Cataglyphis ruber (Forel)
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Cataglyphis ruber (Forel)

return to keyreturn to listIran list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Algeria (Myrmecocystus albicans Roger race ruber new stirps, Forel, 1903c: 268, worker; Santschi, 1929b: 39, queen & male; raised to species Collingwood, 1985: 291, Wehner, 1986: 189) - see below.
Unavailable name agilis ( and Cataglyphis (Cataglyphis) albicans Rog. stirps rubra For. v. agilis n. var., Santschi, 1929b: 39) from Algeria, Biskra (Surcouf) - see below.


Forel's (1903c) description is at {original description}. Santschi (1929b) gave a fresh description plus descriptions of the male and queen, and agilis; these are at {original description}.

Collingwood (1985: 291), as rubra, noted - "This ant has the whole of the alitrunk and node shining yellowish red, the basal gaster tergite testaceous and the rest of the gaster shining brown; the legs and antennae are entirely yellowish red. Erect hairs are absent from the dorsum of the alitrunk except for an occasional hair on the propodeum or node. Colour, pilosity and the very sparse pubescence separate this species from the black C. albicans and from the somewhat similar but entirely yellow C. livida. C. rubra is recorded from deserts to the south of the Atlas Mountains [Saudi Arabia]. This species also occurs in Tunisia in semi desert country.


{Cataglyphis ruber}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0249887.


{Cataglyphis ruber agilis}The photomontage of the agilis type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912224.


{Cataglyphis ruber}Egypt record in Mohamed et al (2001, illustrated). Sharaf list - Wadi El-Arbaein, St.Catherine (South Sinai), 19.ii.1999 (1); Wadi El-Arbaein, St.Catherine (South Sinai), 9.ix.1998 (1) (SHC); Wadi El-Arbaein, St.Catherine (South Sinai), 11.viii.1998 (1) Leg.M.R.Sharaf; Wadi El-Arbaein, St.Catherine (South Sinai), 5.iii.1998 (1) Leg.M.R.Sharaf (ASUC).

Diagnosis (Mostafa Sharaf)
Worker: TL 11.78 mm HL 3.56 HW 3.4 SL 3.98 SI 117. Bicoloured, head, alitrunk and petiole very shining yellowish red, the basal gastral tergite testaceous and the rest of the gaster shining brown, dark brown or blackish brown; legs and antennae entirely yellowish red. Pubescence pale, sparse except but dense on the propodeum. No erect hairs on the dorsum of the alitrunk except occasional hairs on the propodeum or petiole. Head nearly as long as broad. Petiole with one pair of short hairs. First gastral tergite completely bare while the second one with one pair of hairs; the end of the gaster with occasional few hairs.


Oxford University Museum specimens - note these appear to be a distinct Eastern population

Cataglyphis ruber
B Taylor det.
Kuwait
David King

18.ix.2005
Camp Arifjan
2852'00" N
4809'50" E
elev 42 m asl; foraging singly during the day

1
{album}
Cataglyphis ruber
B Taylor det.

Iran
Shabnam Moradloo
07
21.viii.2012
35.36N 
51.26E
Kahrizak
1062 m 44C
Desert
1
{album}
Cataglyphis ruber agilis
B Taylor det.

Iran
M Safariyan
03
4.ii.2014
35.78872N
47.03828E
Saral field
1800 m
pitfall trap
wheat field
2
{album}
Cataglyphis ruber agilis
B Taylor det.
Iran
E Aram
12
1.x.2012
37.23N
48.17E

Hafthekhaneh
1510 m
hand collected
mountain on soil
1
{album}
Cataglyphis ruber agilis
B Taylor det.
Iran
E Aram
13
17.iv.2012
37.15N
48.25E

Nemahil
700 m
hand collected, city garden
major & minor workers
2
{album}

{Cataglyphis ruber major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Kuwait, Camp Arifjan, 2852'00"N 4809'50"E, elev 42 m; 18.ix.2005; David King. Observed and collected while foraging singly during the day; also recorded at Camp Doha, west of Kuwait City, where it was active at night.



{Cataglyphis ruber minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker also from Kuwait.


{Cataglyphis ruber}Specimen from Egypt photographed by Mostafa Sharaf


{Cataglyphis ruber worker}The photomontage is of a worker from Iran; collected by Shabnam Moradloo (07).


{Cataglyphis ruber worker}The photomontage is of a worker from Iran; Saral Field; collected by M Safariyan (03).

2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.

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