Camelomecia

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Camelomecia
Temporal range: Early Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous Burmese amber, Kachin State, Myanmar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Uncertain
Genus: Camelomecia
Barden & Grimaldi, 2016
Type species
Camelomecia janovitzi
Diversity
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

The taxonomomic placement of this genus is uncertain and it is currently considered incertae sedis in Formicidae. Boudinot et al. (2020) place it, together with Camelosphecia, in a clade which forms the extinct sister group of the Formicidae, within the superfamily Formicoidea but outside the family Formicidae. Notably, both these genera are only known from alate males and females (queens); workers, if present, have yet to be recovered.

Identification

Distribution

This taxon is known from Burmese amber, Kachin State, Myanmar (Early Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • CAMELOMECIA [incertae sedis in Formicidae]
    • Camelomecia Barden & Grimaldi, 2016: 4, description in supplemental information (not paginated). Type-species: †Camelomecia janovitzi Barden & Grimaldi, 2016: 4, description in supplemental information (not paginated), by original designation.

Taxonomic history

  • Camelomecia incertae sedis in Formicidae: Barden & Grimaldi, 2016: in supplemental information (not paginated); Borysenko, 2017: 14.

References