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Temporal range: 20.4–5 Ma Burdigalian, Early Miocene to Late Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Lonchomyrmex
Mayr, 1867
Type species
Formica freyeri, now Lonchomyrmex freyeri
2 fossil species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)



This taxon is known from Radoboj, Croatia (Burdigalian, Early Miocene) and Schossnitz (= Sosnica?), Silesia, Poland (Late Miocene).



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

  • LONCHOMYRMEX [incertae sedis in Myrmicinae: Pheidolini]
    • Lonchomyrmex Mayr, 1867b: 61. Type-species: †Formica freyeri, by monotypy.


  • Barden, P. 2017. Fossil ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): ancient diversity and the rise of modern lineages. Myrmecological News 24: 1-30.
  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 106, Lonchomyrmex in Myrmicinae, Pheidolini?)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 248, Lonchomyrmex in Myrmicinae, Pheidolini?)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 236, Lonchomyrmex incertae sedis in Pheidolini)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 156, Lonchomyrmex in Myrmicinae)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 658, Lonchomyrmex in Formicinae?, Formicini?)
  • Emery, C. 1877b. Saggio di un ordinamento naturale dei Mirmicidei, e considerazioni sulla filogenesi delle formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 9: 67-83 (page 81, Lonchomyrmex in Myrmicinae, Myrmicidae)
  • Mayr, G. 1867b. Vorläufige Studien über die Radoboj-Formiciden, in der Sammlung der k. k. geologischen Reichsanstalt. Jahrb. K-K. Geol. Reichsanst. Wien 17: 47-62 (page 61, Lonchomyrmex as genus)