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Temporal range: Late/Upper Miocene Sicilian amber, Italy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Gesomyrmecini
Genus: Sicelomyrmex
Wheeler, W.M., 1915
Type species
Gesomyrmex corniger, now Sicelomyrmex corniger
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist)



This taxon is known from Sicilian amber, Italy (Late/Upper Miocene).



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

  • SICELOMYRMEX [Formicinae: Gesomyrmecini]
    • Sicelomyrmex Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 111. Type-species: †Gesomyrmex corniger, by original designation.

Taxonomic History

  • [†Sicilomyrmex: Brown & Carpenter, 1979: 423 (emendation of spelling).]
  • [Note: the emendation of spelling to †Sicilomyrmex proposed by Brown & Carpenter, 1979: 423, may be unnecessary. In various publications Wheeler uses both Sicelomyrmex and Sicilomyrmex, with the former being the original, and also the one he used in his 1929a review of the group. It may be that the genus was originally named for the Sicels (one of the original tribes of Sicily), rather than after the island itself. In consequence the maintenance of the original orthography is recommended here.]
  • Sicelomyrmex in Camponotinae, Gesomyrmecini: Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 111.
  • Sicelomyrmex in Formicinae, *Sicelomyrmecini: Wheeler, W.M. 1929a: 12; Brown & Carpenter, 1979: 423; Bolton, 1994: 51; Bolton, 1995b: 46.
  • Sicelomyrmex in Formicinae, Gesomyrmecini: Donisthorpe, 1943g: 725; Dlussky & Fedoseeva, 1988: 77; Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 17; Bolton, 2003: 24, 109; Ward, Blaimer & Fisher, 2016: 347.
  • Sicelomyrmex as genus: all authors.
  • Sicelomyrmex catalogue: Bolton, 1995b: 383.
  • Sicelomyrmex references: Brown & Carpenter, 1979: 423 (review of genus).