Formica flori

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Formica flori
Temporal range: Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene Baltic amber, Baltic Sea region
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. flori
Binomial name
Formica flori
Mayr, 1868

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Synonyms

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Baltic amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene) and is also known from Bitterfeld amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene), Danish-Scandinavian amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene) and Rovno amber (Priabonian, Late Eocene) (Perkovsky, 2016).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • flori. †Formica flori Mayr, 1868c: 48, pl. 2, figs. 35-37 (w.q.m.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). Senior synonym of †antiqua, baltica, parvula: Dlussky, 2002a: 292; of †egecomerta (replacement name for †parvula Dlussky, proposed subsequent to Dlussky’s 2002a synonymy and hence automatic junior synonym) synonymy unpublished. See also: Dlussky, 1967b: 81; Baroni Urbani & Graeser, 1987: 1; Dlussky, 2008a: 50.
  • antiqua. †Formica (Serviformica) antiqua Dlussky, 1967b: 82, fig. 1 (w.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). Junior synonym of †flori: Dlussky, 2002a: 292.
  • baltica. †Formica (Serviformica) baltica Dlussky, 1967b: 81, fig. 1 (w.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). Junior synonym of †flori: Dlussky, 2002a: 292.
  • parvula. †Formica parvula Dlussky, 1967b: 83, fig. 1 (m.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). [Junior primary homonym of †parvula Presl, above.] Junior synonym of †flori: Dlussky, 2002a: 292. Replacement name: †egecomerta Özdikmen, 2010c: 988. Name proposed subsequent to Dlussky, 2002a synonymy, hence †egecomerta automatically a junior synonym of †flori: Bolton, unpublished.
  • †egecomerta. †Formica egecomerta Özdikmen, 2010c: 988. Replacement name for †parvula Dlussky, 1967b: 83. [Junior primary homonym of †parvula Presl, 1822: 196.] Name proposed subsequent to Dlussky, 2002a: 292 synonymy of †parvula Dlussky with †flori, and hence †egecomerta automatic junior synonym of †flori: Bolton, unpublished.

Description

References

  • Baroni Urbani, C.; Graeser, S. 1987. REM-Analysen an einer pyritisierten Ameise aus Baltischem Bernstein. Stuttg. Beitr. Naturkd. Ser. B (Geol. Paläontol.) 133: 1-16 (page 1, see also)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 195, catalogue)
  • Dlussky, G. M. 1967b. Ants of the genus Formica from the Baltic amber. Paleontol. Zh. 1967(2 2: 80-89 (page 81, see also)
  • Dlussky, G. M. 2002b. Syntypes of Baltic amber ants Formica flori Mayr and Ponera atavia Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Russ. Entomol. J. 11: 291-298 (page 292, Senior synonym of antigua and baltica)
  • Mayr, G. 1868c. Die Ameisen des baltischen Bernsteins. Beitr. Naturkd. Preuss. 1: 1-102 (page 48, pl. 2, figs. 35-37 worker, queen, male described)
  • Perkovsky, E.E. 2016. Tropical and Holoarctic ants in late Eocene ambers. Vestnik zoologii, 50(2): 111–122 (DOI 10.1515/vzoo-2016-0014).