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Temporal range: 79–56 Ma
Campanian – Paleocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Eotapinoma
Dlussky, 1988
Type species
Eotapinoma gracilis
3 fossil species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

Eotapinoma and Chronomyrmex, from Canadian Campanian amber (79-78 Ma), are the only dolichoderines known from the Cretaceous. They were originally placed in the Tapinomini and Leptomyrmecini, respectively, but are now treated as stem-group dolichoderines (Dlussky, 1999; McKellar et al., 2013; Boudinot et al., 2016; Perrichot et al., 2019).




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

  • EOTAPINOMA [incertae sedis in Dolichoderinae]
    • Eotapinoma Dlussky, 1988: 54. Type-species: †Eotapinoma gracilis, by original designation.

Taxonomic history

  • Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Tapinomini: Dlussky, 1988: 54; Dlussky & Fedoseeva, 1988: 77; in Dolichoderinae: Shattuck, 1994: 91; Bolton, 1994: 26; Bolton, 2003: 88; incertae sedis in Dolichoderinae: Ward, et al. 2010: 362.
  • Eotapinoma as stem-taxon to Dolichoderinae: Borysenko, 2017: 19.
  • Eotapinoma catalogues: Shattuck, 1994: 91; Bolton, 1995b: 188.