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Temporal range: Early Eocene Puryear, Tennessee, United States
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formiciinae
Genus: Eoponera
Carpenter, 1929
Type species
Eoponera berryi, now Formicium berryi

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Formicium.


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

  • EOPONERA [junior synonym of †Formicium]
    • Eoponera Carpenter, 1929: 301. Type-species: †Eoponera berryi, by original designation.
    • Eoponera junior synonym of †Formicium: Lutz, 1986: 189.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 262, Eoponera as junior synonym of Formicium)
  • Carpenter, F. M. 1929. A fossil ant from the Lower Eocene (Wilcox) of Tennessee. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 19: 300-301 (page 301, Eoponera as genus)
  • Lutz, H. 1986. Eine neue Unterfamilie der Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) aus dem mittel-eozänen Olschiefer der "Grube Messel" bei Darmstadt (Deutschland, S-Hessen). Senckenb. Leth. 67: 177-218 (page 189, Eoponera as junior synonym of Formicium)