Formica horrida

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Formica horrida
Temporal range: Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene Baltic amber, Baltic Sea region
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. horrida
Binomial name
Formica horrida
Wheeler, W.M., 1915

Gomez, Lorita et al. 2018: The abundant pilosity formed by short and stout setae is the most visible character that defines Iberoformica. The only Formica species known to us that shares this character is F. horrida. It was described from the Baltic amber and might be a good candidate to be included into the genus Iberoformica.

We must refrain to include this species into Iberoformica until more material is available. The type material seems to be lost and the only existing image does permit appreciation of the typical sinuous Iberoformica mesonotal profile.



This taxon was described from Baltic amber, Baltic Sea region, Europe (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene).



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

  • horrida. †Formica horrida Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 125, fig. 59 (w.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). See also: Dlussky, 1967b: 80.