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Temporal range: Early Miocene?
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae (incertae sedis)
Subfamily: Uncertain
Genus: Calyptites
Scudder, 1877
Type species
Calyptites antediluvianum
1 fossil species
(Species Checklist)




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

  • CALYPTITES [incertae sedis in Formicidae]
    • Calyptites Scudder, 1877b: 270 [as member of family Braconidae]. Type-species: †Calyptites antediluvianum, by monotypy.
    • Calyptites in Braconidae: Scudder, 1891: 629; Donisthorpe, 1943f: 629.
    • Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae: Carpenter, 1930: 21; Brown, 1973b: 179; Bolton, 1995b: 23 (family assignment unresolved).


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 23, 83, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 263, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae (family unresolved))
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 179, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Carpenter, F. M. 1930. The fossil ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 70: 1-66 (page 21, Calyptites incertae sedis in Formicidae)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 629, Calyptites in Braconidae)
  • Scudder, S. H. 1877a. Appendix to Mr. George M. Dawson's report. The insects of the Tertiary beds at Quesnel. Rep. Prog. Geol. Surv. Can. 1875- 1876: 266-280 (page 270, [Calyptites as member of family Braconidae])
  • Scudder, S. H. 1891. Index to the known fossil insects of the world, including myriapods and arachnids. Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. 71: 1-744 (page 629, Calyptites in Braconidae)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1911g. A list of the type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 21: 157-175 (page 160, Calyptites in Formicidae)