Burmomyrma

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Burmomyrma
Temporal range: Early Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous Burmese amber, Kachin Province, Myanmar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Aneuretinae
Tribe: uncertain
Genus: Burmomyrma
Dlussky, 1996
Type species
Burmomyrma rossi
Diversity
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

Burmomyrma rossi BMNHP19125 02.jpg

The subfamily placement of this genus is uncertain. It is thought to belong to Aneuretinae but it may belong to Sphecomyrminae (Barden & Grimaldi, 2013). In addition, Lucena & Melo (2018) propose that it most likely belongs to the family Falsiformicidae and is actually not a formicid as originally proposed by Dlussky (1996), a suggestion accepted by LaPolla & Barden (2018).

Identification

As the head is missing from the only known material it is not possible to identify this ant with other sphecomyrmine ants (Dlussky 1996).

Distribution

This taxon is known from Burmese amber, Kachin Province, Myanmar (Early Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • BURMOMYRMA [Aneuretinae]
    • Burmomyrma Dlussky, 1996: 87. Type-species: †Burmomyrma rossi, by original designation.

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