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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)




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.


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 26, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 188, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 88, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Borysenko, L.H. 2017. Description of a new genus of primitive ants from Canadian amber, with the study of relationships between stem- and crown-group ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insecta Mundi 570: 1–57.
  • Dlussky, G. M. 1988a. Ants of Sakhalin amber (Paleocene?) Paleontol. Zh. 1988(1 1: 50-61 (page 54, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Tapinomini)
  • Dlussky, G. M.; Fedoseeva, E. B. 1988. Origin and early stages of evolution in ants. Pp. 70-144 in: Ponomarenko, A. G. (ed.) Cretaceous biocenotic crisis and insect evolution. Moskva: Nauka, 232 pp. (page 77, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Tapinomini)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 112:i-xix, 1-241. (page 91, Eotapinoma in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)