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The tribe Formicini belongs to the subfamily Formicinae. For a list of genera contained within this tribe see Formicini genera, for species see Formicini species.

Ward et al. (2016) - These ants are characterized by closely approximated metacoxae, elliptical to slit-shaped propodeal spiracle, presence of ocelli in workers, and a double row of stout setae on the metatibia (Bolton 2003). This clade is mostly confined to the Palearctic and Nearctic regions.


Formicariae Latreille, 1809: 124. Type-genus: Formica.
Taxonomic history
Formicini as group name: Latreille, 1809: 124 [Formicariae].
Formicini as tribe of Camponotidae: Forel, 1891b: 79 [Formicii].
Formicini as tribe of Camponotinae: Forel, 1893a: 165 [Formicii]; Emery, 1895j: 772 [Formicii]; Forel, 1899c: 125 [Formicii]; Ruzsky, 1902d: 8 [Formicii]; Ruzsky, 1905b: 110 [Formicii]; Wheeler, W.M. 1910g: 143 [Formicii]; Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 120; Forel, 1917: 249.
Formicini as tribe of Formicinae: Ashmead, 1905b: 384; Bondroit, 1918: 36; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 693; Emery, 1925b: 240; all subsequent authors.
Genera (extant) of Formicini: Alloformica, Bajcaridris, Cataglyphis, Formica, Iberoformica, Polyergus, Proformica, Rossomyrmex.
Genera (extinct) of Formicini: *Cataglyphoides, *Conoformica, *Protoformica.

Tribe Formicini references
Forel, 1893a: 165 (synoptic classification); Emery, 1895j: 772 (synoptic classification); Forel, 1917: 249 (synoptic classification); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 698 (genera key); Emery, 1925b: 240 (diagnosis, genera key, catalogue); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1970: 652 (larva diagnosis); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1976b: 62 (larvae, review & synthesis); Dlussky & Fedoseeva, 1988: 77 (synoptic classification); Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 18 (synoptic classification); Agosti, 1990a: 295 (review of tribe, diagnosis); Agosti, 1991: 295 (Formica genus group diagnosis); Agosti, 1994a: 95 (diagnosis, revision of genera, phylogeny, key); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a: 1039 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 12 (catalogue); Bolton, 2003: 27, 126 (diagnosis, synopsis); Dlussky, 2008a: 57 (Europe Eocene amber species key).