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Temporal range: Late Eocene
Florissant, Colorado, United States
Petraeomyrmex minimus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae (incertae sedis)
Genus: Petraeomyrmex
Carpenter, 1930
Type species
Petraeomyrmex minimus
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist)

There is a single species from Florissant shale (Oligocene) from Colorado, USA.


Female. - Small; head subquadrate; scapes short, thick; eyes small, situated on the sides of the head, anterior to the middle line; petiole very small; forewing with two cubital cells.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • PETRAEOMYRMEX [incertae sedis in Dolichoderinae]
    • Petraeomyrmex Carpenter, 1930: 55. Type-species: †Petraeomyrmex minimus, by original designation.


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 26, Petraeomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 316, Petraeomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 90, Petraeomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Carpenter, F. M. 1930. The fossil ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 70: 1-66 (page 55, Petraeomyrmex incertae sedis in Dolichoderinae)
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1990. The ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, xii + 732 pp. (page 17, Petraeomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Tapinomini)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 112:i-xix, 1-241. (page 135, Petraeomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Dolichoderini)
  • Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. 2010. Phylogeny and biogeography of Dolichoderinae ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference. Systematic Biology 59: 342-362 [1]