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Temporal range: Early Miocene? Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae (incertae sedis)
Subfamily: Uncertain
Genus: Calyptites
Scudder, 1877
Type species
Calyptites antediluvianum
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)



This taxon is known from Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada (Early Miocene?).



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

  • CALYPTITES [incertae sedis in Formicidae]
    • Calyptites Scudder, 1877b: 270 [as member of family Braconidae]. Type-species: †Calyptites antediluvianum, by monotypy.
    • Calyptites in Braconidae: Scudder, 1891: 629; Donisthorpe, 1943f: 629.
    • Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae: Carpenter, 1930: 21; Brown, 1973b: 179; Bolton, 1995b: 23 (family assignment unresolved).


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 23, 83, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 263, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae (family unresolved))
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 179, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Carpenter, F. M. 1930. The fossil ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 70: 1-66 (page 21, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 629, Calyptites in Braconidae)
  • Scudder, S. H. 1877a. Appendix to Mr. George M. Dawson's report. The insects of the Tertiary beds at Quesnel. Rep. Prog. Geol. Surv. Can. 1875- 1876: 266-280 (page 270, [Calyptites as member of family Braconidae])
  • Scudder, S. H. 1891. Index to the known fossil insects of the world, including myriapods and arachnids. Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. 71: 1-744 (page 629, Calyptites in Braconidae)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1911g. A list of the type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 21: 157-175 (page 160, Calyptites in Formicidae)