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Temporal range: Turonian, Late Cretaceous
Raritan (New Jersey) amber, New Jersey, United States
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Brownimeciinae
Bolton, 2003
One genus: Brownimecia
One species: Brownimecia clavata


Extant Taxa

No living taxa are known from this subfamily.

Fossil Taxa

Fossil Genera % World Fossil Genera Valid Fossil Species/Subsp. % World Fossil Species/Subsp.
1 0.6% 1 0.12%

Fossils known from: Raritan (New Jersey) amber, New Jersey, United States (Turonian, Late Cretaceous).

List of Tribes and Genera


No tribes within subfamily.

Extant Genera

This subfamily is known only from fossils.

Fossil Genera



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

BROWNIMECIINAE [subfamily of Formicidae]

  • †Brownimeciinae Bolton, 2003: 75, 262. Type-genus: †Brownimecia Grimaldi, et al. 1997: 20.

Taxonomic history

  • †Brownimeciinae as subfamily of Formicidae: Bolton, 2003: 75, 262; LaPolla, et al. 2013: 621 (in text).
  • †Brownimeciinae as poneroid subfamily of Formicidae: Ward, 2007a: 555.
  • †Brownimeciinae references: Bolton, 2003: 75, 262 (diagnosis, comments, synopsis).