Formica nigra

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Formica nigra
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. nigra
Binomial name
Formica nigra
Presl, 1822

Radchenko et al. (2021) question the placement of this taxon within the genus Formica, noting that F. nigra is too small, with body length of 2.1mm.



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.

  • nigra. †Formica nigra Presl, 1822: 196, no caste or sex given, BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). [Unresolved junior primary homonym of nigra Linnaeus, 1758: 580 (Bolton, 1995b: 199).]