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

This species is based on poorly preserved material and its assignment to the subfamily Myrmicinae has been questioned (Perrichot, 2019).

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Botswana (Cretaceous).

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