Dominican Amber

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List of Ants from Dominican Amber (Miocene) 20-30 million years ago. Dominican amber differentiates itself from Baltic amber by being mostly transparent and often containing a higher number of fossil inclusions. This has enabled the detailed reconstruction of the ecosystem of a long-vanished tropical forest. Resin from the extinct species Hymenaea protera is the source of Dominican amber and probably of most amber found in the tropics. It is not "succinite" but "retinite.

Genera known only from Dominican amber

    Species known from Dominican amber


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    • Lattke, J. E. 2003a. The genus Platythyrea Roger, 1863 in Dominican amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae). Entomotropica 18: 107-111