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Cataglyphis fortis (Forel)


Cataglyphis fortis (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Algeria (Myrmecocystus albicans var fortis, Forel, 1902a: 156, worker; Wehner, 1983: 95, queen & male)
junior synonym halophila (Bernard, 1954: 48, illustrated, worker) from Algeria [unavailable from HNS].

{Cataglyphis fortis}Forel's (1902a) description is solely - "6 to 9 mm long; with white pubescence very distinct on the propodeum, also visible on the pronotum. Found near to Tongourt, on the road to Temacin (Diehl). In the Atlas the typical form (of albicans is 3.5-7 mm long. At Oued-Mela, close to Gabč in the Tunisian desert I found workers up to 8 mm long, close to those of fortis.

Wehner's (1983) study with descriptions is at {original description}.

Whole body shiny black; albicans from the same collecting area had the head light red-brown, pro- and mesonotum darker red-brown,; antennae, tibiae and tarsi red-brown to lighter

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

{Cataglyphis fortis}The photomontage of a worker of halophila is collated from

{Cataglyphis fortis}The photomontage of a worker, presumably from the collections in Tunisia listed by Wehner (1983: 94), is collated from While this has the same general appearance as the above type specimens, it has a noticeably wider haed, perhaps due to it being a major worker.

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