Fonsecahymen stigmata

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Fonsecahymen stigmata
Temporal range: Oligocene Fonseca Formation, Fonseca, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: uncertain
Genus: Fonsecahymen
Species: F. stigmata
Binomial name
Fonsecahymen stigmata
Martins-Neto & Mendes, 2002

Probably not in Formicidae based on description and fig. 1E (V. Perrichot, pers. obs.).


This species was described as being similar to Oecophylla perdita Cockerell 1916, from the Oligocene of the Isle of Wight, Gumet Bay, but differing by the greater size, presence of m-cu (absent in Oecophylla perdita) and RP+M distally in M (joined with rp-m, RP and M in Oecophylla perdita).


This taxon was described from Fonseca Formation, Fonseca, Minas Gerais State, Brazil (Oligocene).



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

  • stigmata. †Fonsecahymen stigmata Martins-Neto & Mendes, 2002: 29, figs. pl. 1C, fig. 1E (wing) BRAZIL (Oligocene).

Holotype: CH 0014/2, housed in the Invertebrate Paleontological Collection, Museu de Historia Natural, UNIVALE, Govemador Valadares, MG, Brazil.

Type locality: Near Fonseca Village, Alvinopolis municipality, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Type stratum: Argillaceous shales. Fonseca Formation, Fonseca Basin.

Age: Oligocene.