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Temporal range: Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Uncertain
Genus: Cretacoformica
Jell & Duncan, 1986
Type species
Cretacoformica explicata

The taxonomomic placement of this genus is uncertain and it is currently considered incertae sedis in Hymenoptera, Apocrita.


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

  • CRETACOFORMICA [incertae sedis in Apocrita]
    • Cretacoformica Jell & Duncan, 1986: 190. Type-species: †Cretacoformica explicata, by original designation.

Taxonomic history

  • Cretacoformica incertae sedis in Formicidae: Jell & Duncan, 1986: 190.
  • Cretacoformica excluded from Formicidae: Naumann, 1993: 355; Bolton, 2003: 264.
  • Cretacoformica dubiously Formicidae: Bolton, 1995b: 25, 166.
  • Cretacoformica excluded from Formicidae, incertae sedis in Hymenoptera, Apocrita: Grimaldi, et al. 1997: 7; Bolton, 2003: 264.


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 25, 166, Cretacoformica dubiously Formicidae)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 264, Cretacoformica excluded from Formicidae)
  • Grimaldi, D.; Agosti, D.; Carpenter, J. M. 1997. New and rediscovered primitive ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey, and their phylogenetic relationships. American Museum Novitates 3208: 1-43 (page 7, Cretacoformica incertae sedis in Apocrita)
  • Jell, P. A.; Duncan, P. M. 1986. Invertebrates, mainly insects, from the freshwater, Lower Cretaceous, Koonwarra fossil bed (Korumburra group), South Gippsland, Victoria. Pp. 111-205 in: Jell, P. A., Roberts, J. (eds.) Plants and invertebrates from the (page 190, Cretacoformica as genus; incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Naumann, I. D. 1993. The supposed Cretaceous ant Cretacoformica explicata Jell and Duncan. J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 32: 355-356 (page 355, Cretacoformica excluded from Fkormicidae)