Temporal range: Turonian, Late Cretaceous Orapa kimberlitic deposits, Botswana
Dlussky, Brothers & Rasnitsyn, 2004
This species is based on poorly preserved material and its assignment to the subfamily Myrmicinae has been questioned (Perrichot, 2019).
This taxon was described from Orapa kimberlitic deposits, Botswana (Turonian, Late Cretaceous).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- †petrosa. †Afromyrma petrosa Dlussky, Brothers & Rasnitsyn, 2004: 9, figs. 13 (q.) BOTSWANA (Cretaceous).
- Status as species: Archibald, Cover & Moreau, 2006: 511; Barden, 2017: 12.
The species name is an adjective from the Latin word “petra” meaning “rock”, with reference to the fossil nature of the species.
- Barden, P. 2017. Fossil ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): ancient diversity and the rise of modern lineages. Myrmecological News 24: 1-30.
- Dlussky, G. M.; Brother, D. J.; Rasnitsyn, A. P. 2004. The first Late Cretaceous ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from southern Africa, with comments on the origin of the Myrmicinae. Insect Systematics & Evolution 35(1): 1-13 (page 9, fig. 13; queen ? described)
- Perrichot, V. 2019. New Cretaceous records and the diversification of crown-group ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 8th International Congress on Fossil Insects, Arthropods & Amber, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.