Lasius nemorivagus

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Lasius nemorivagus
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: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. nemorivagus
Binomial name
Lasius nemorivagus
Wheeler, W.M., 1915



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



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

  • nemorivagus. †Lasius nemorivagus Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 123 (q.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). See also: Wilson, 1955a: 150; Dlussky, 2011: 216.



Wilson (1955) - According to Wheeler, maxillary palps typical for the subgenus Lasius, but head broader than thorax, a Chthonolasius: and Dendrolasius character. Funicular joints II-VI broader than long, VII-X as broad as long. Body more thickset, appendages stouter than in Lasius schiefferdeckeri. Size small, total length 6 mm., the lower limit later given by Wheeler (1917a) for the queen caste of "neoniger" (Lasius pallitarsis, Lasius niger, and Lasius neoniger). Body with sparse erect hairs; appendages presumably bare.

Type Material

Wilson (1955) - HOLOTYPE. The single type specimen was probably lost with the rest of the Konigsberg Geological Institute Collection during the Second World War.


  • Dlussky G. M. 2011. The Ants of the Genus Lasius (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Late Eocene European Ambers. Vestnik zoologii, 45: 209-222 [printed version]; 45(3): e-14—e-27 (DOI 10.2478/v10058-011-0014-5) [PDF version].
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1915i [1914]. The ants of the Baltic Amber. Schr. Phys.-Ökon. Ges. Königsb. 55: 1-142 (page 123, queen described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1955a. A monographic revision of the ant genus Lasius. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 113: 1-201 (page 150, see also)