Formica luteola

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Formica luteola
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. luteola
Binomial name
Formica luteola
Presl, 1822

Radchenko et al. (2021) question the placement of this taxon within the genus Formica. They note that the body length of F. luteola is ca. 3.2 mm (too small for Formica), the body is light yellow (“Flavescenti-alba”) and the head is rounded and somewhat cordate (“Caput rotunda-tum, fere cordatum”). These features are not known to be present in either extant or extinct Formica species.

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Baltic amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • luteola. †Formica luteola Presl, 1822: 197 (no sex or caste indicated) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene).

Description

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