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Temporal range: Late Eocene
Florissant, Colorado, United States
Archiponera wheeleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Archiponera
Carpenter, 1930
Type species
Archiponera wheeleri
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist)

There is only a single species in this genus found in Florissant shale (Oligocene) from Colorado, USA.


Worker. - Head large, with convex sides and broadly rounded posterior angles; mandibles small, linear; clypeus large, anterior margin with a median incision, posterior margin with a large median lobe; eyes small, situated very high up on the sides of the head, a little posterior of the middle line of the head; ocelli absent; antennae long and slender, 12-segmented; petiole short but high, cuneiform; gaster small, globular, the first two segments of moderate size, the others short and compressed.

Male. - Slender; petiole long, with a low scale; forewing with two cubital cells, the first intercubitus joining the cubitus at a point much above the junction of the latter with the recurrent vein; second intercubitus far apical of the termination of the first intercubitus.


This taxon is known from Florissant, Colorado, United States (Late Eocene).


Worker, male.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • ARCHIPONERA [Ponerinae: Ponerini]
    • Archiponera Carpenter, 1930: 27. Type-species: †Archiponera wheeleri, by original designation.


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