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Temporal range: Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Paleosminthurus
Pierce & Gibron, 1962
Type species
Paleosminthurus juliae (junior synonym of Camponotus festinatus) (Snelling, pers. comm., unpublished)

Camponotus festinatus casent0102774 profile 1.jpg

Camponotus festinatus casent0102774 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Camponotus.


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

  • PALEOSMINTHURUS [junior synonym of Camponotus]
    • Paleosminthurus Pierce & Gibron, 1962: 146. Type-species: †Paleosminthurus juliae (junior synonym of Formica festinata) [Snelling, R.R. pers. com., unpublished], by monotypy [in order Collembola].
    • Paleosminthurus incertae sedis in Formicidae: Najt, 1987: 152; Bolton, 2003: 76.
    • Paleosminthurus junior synonym of Camponotus: Snelling, R.R. (pers. comm., unpublished).


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 187, Paleosminthurus in Paleosminthurinae [provisional subfamily status])
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 14, 311, Paleosminthurus in Paleosminthurinae )
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 76, 263, Paleosminthurus provisional status in Paleosminthurinae)
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1990. The ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, xii + 732 pp. (page 18, Paleosminthurus incertae sedis in Formicinae)
  • Najt, J. 1987. Le Collembole fossile Paleosminthurus juliae est un Hyménoptère. Rev. Fr. Entomol. (Nouv. Sér.) 9: 152-154 (page 152, Paleosminthurus incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Pierce, W. D.; Gibron, J.; Sr. 1962. Fossil arthropods of California. 24. Some unusual fossil arthropods from the Calico Mountains nodules. Bull. South. Calif. Acad. Sci. 61: 143-151 (page 146, Paleosminthurus as genus [in order Collembola]. )