Cephalomyrmex

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Cephalomyrmex
Temporal range: Oligocene
Cephalomyrmex rotundatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Genus: Cephalomyrmex
Carpenter, 1930
Type species
Cephalomyrmex rotundatus
Diversity
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist)

Holotype queen

There is a single species from the Florissant shale (Oligocene) from Colorado, USA.

Identification

Female. - Robust; head exceedingly large, rounded; thorax short; gaster very small; antennae abbreviated, the funiculus apparently with only five or six segments; petiole pedunculate, postpetiole short but broad. (Venation unknown).

Castes

Queen.

Nomenclature

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

  • CEPHALOMYRMEX [incertae sedis in Myrmicinae]
    • Cephalomyrmex Carpenter, 1930: 37. Type-species: †Cephalomyrmex rotundatus, by original designation.


References

  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 106, Cephalomyrmex incertae sedis in Myrmicinae)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 140, Cephalomyrmex incertae sedis in Myrmicinae)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 258, Cephalomyrmex incertae sedis in Myrmicinae)
  • Carpenter, F. M. 1930. The fossil ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 70: 1-66 [1]
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1990. The ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, xii + 732 pp. (page 16, Cephalomyrmex incertae sedis in Myrmicinae)