Afromyrma petrosa

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Afromyrma petrosa
Temporal range: Turonian, Late Cretaceous
Orapa kimberlitic deposits, Botswana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Genus: Afromyrma
Species: A. petrosa
Binomial name
Afromyrma petrosa
Dlussky, Brothers & Rasnitsyn, 2004

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Botswana (Cretaceous).

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • petrosa. †Afromyrma petrosa Dlussky, Brothers & Rasnitsyn, 2004: 9, figs. 13 (q.) BOTSWANA (Cretaceous).

Description

Etymology.

The species name is an adjective from the Latin word “petra” meaning “rock”, with reference to the fossil nature of the species.

References

  • 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)