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Cataglyphis diehlii (Forel)

Cataglyphis diehlii (Forel)

return to key return to listIran list{link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Algeria (Myrmecocystus viaticus r Diehlii, Forel, 1902g: 462, worker, queen & male; raised to species Forel, 1913d: 434; Collingwood, 1985: 287; Wehner, 1986: 108).

{Cataglyphis diehlii}Forel's (1902g) description is at {original description}. Forel (1909e: 384) gave a fuller, amended description, this is at {original description}; he also gave notes on the preferred habitat, of full desert, which sets diehliii part from most related species, this is at {original description}. Santschi (1929b) gave notes on diehlii, these are at {original description}.

Collingwood (1985: 287) noted - "This shining black ant is also distinctive in having the funiculus segments shorter than in C. bicolor or C. niger and allied species. The first funiculus segment [see below] is about x 1.3 as long as the second compared with about 1.8 x as long in the C. bicolor group and on this character alone apart from the colour difference, cannot be regarded as a subspecies of C. bicolor.

Reference - Forel, A. 1902. Fourmis d'Algérie. Récoltées par M. le Dr K. Escherich. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belgique 46, 462-463.

The collated image of the type is from

{Cataglyphis dielii}Wehner, Wehner & Agosti (1994) established that diehlii inhabits gravel plains - "the regs and hamadas" - from the southern parts of Tunisia through Egypt into Saudi Arabia but throughout that broad area it is never abundant.

Egypt records - El-Moursy et al (2001).

{Cataglyphis diehlii}The photomontage of a second type worker is collated from

The queen can be seen at
and the male at

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