Sphecomyrma freyi

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Sphecomyrma freyi
Temporal range: Turonian, Late Cretaceous
Raritan (New Jersey) amber, New Jersey, United States
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Sphecomyrminae
Tribe: Sphecomyrmini
Genus: Sphecomyrma
Species: S. freyi
Binomial name
Sphecomyrma freyi
Wilson & Brown, 1967

Sphecomyrma freyi worker no 2 paratype (Wilson, Carpenter and Brown 1967).jpg



This taxon was described from the United States.




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

  • freyi. †Sphecomyrma freyi Wilson & Brown, in Wilson, Carpenter & Brown, 1967: 8, pls. 1-4, figs. 1, 2 (w.) U.S.A. (Cretaceous). Designation of neotype: Grimaldi, Agosti & Carpenter, 1997: 12. See also: Engel & Grimaldi, 2005: 9.

Type Material

  • Neotype (designated by Grimaldi et al., 1997: 12), worker, Sunrise Landing, E. Brunswick, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, United States, Dec. 1994, Case, Borodin, Leggett, AMNH No. NJ-112, Museum of Comparative Zoology.