Shanwangella palaeoptera

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Shanwangella palaeoptera
Temporal range: Early Miocene
Shanwang, China
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Shanwangella
Species: S. palaeoptera
Binomial name
Shanwangella palaeoptera
Zhang, J., 1989

The image and drawing of S. palaeoptera are sufficiently distinct and detailed to rule out the affiliation of this ant to the genus Camponotus as proposed by Hong & Wu (2000). Due to the presence of a radiomedial cell, its affiliation to Dolichoderinae is obvious. Perfilieva (2022), therefore, returned it to its original taxonomic position as Shanwangella palaeoptera.

As a result of this new combination, the genus Shanwangella is removed from synonym with Camponotus and transferred to the subfamily Dolichoderinae (a change not mentioned by Perfilieva (2022), but required because of this change to S. palaeoptera).



This taxon was described from Shanwang, China (Early Miocene).




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

  • palaeoptera. †Shanwangella palaeoptera Zhang, J. 1989: 308, pl. 79, figs. 4-6, fig. 307 (q.) CHINA (Shandong, Miocene).
    • Combination in Camponotus: Hong & Wu, 2000: 19.
    • Combination in Shanwangella: Perfilieva, 2022: 419.