Emplastus haueri

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Emplastus haueri
Temporal range: Burdigalian, Early Miocene
Radoboj, Croatia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Emplastus
Species: E. haueri
Binomial name
Emplastus haueri
(Mayr, 1867)

Another species based on an impression fossil of a queen, the identity of this taxon remains obscure. Dalla Torre (1893) transferred it to Iridomyrmex, a treatment followed by Shattuck (1992a). Mayr’s (1867b) figure of the type queen reveals little detail other than wing venation. While the general pattern is dolichoderine-like it differs from extant species of Iridomyrmex in having the Rs vein join M at 1m-cu, rather than basal to this cross vein, resulting in the cell enclosed by Rs, M and 2rs-m having three sides rather than four. A three-sided cell similar to Mayr’s (1869) figure for this species is present in some Dolichoderus (especially species formerly placed in Hypoclinea), a condition not seen in Iridomyrmex. Because of this Heterick & Shattuck (2011) placed it in Dolichoderus rather than Iridomyrmex. However, Dlussky & Putyatina (2014) disagreed with this treatment and transferred this species to Emplastus.



This taxon was described from Yugoslavia (Miocene).




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

  • haueri. †Hypoclinea haueri Mayr, 1867b: 60, pl. 1, fig. 11 (q.) YUGOSLAVIA (Miocene).
    • Combination in Iridomyrmex: Dalla Torre, 1893: 169.
    • Combination in Dolichoderus: Heterick & Shattuck, 2011: 170.
    • Combination in †Emplastus: Dlussky & Putyatina, 2014: 243.

Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 169; Handlirsch, 1907: 871; Shattuck, 1994: 106; Bolton, 1995b: 218; Dlussky & Putyatina, 2014: 243.