Prenolepis henschei

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Prenolepis henschei
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: Lasiini
Genus: Prenolepis
Species: P. henschei
Binomial name
Prenolepis henschei
Mayr, 1868

This is the only known fossil species of Prenolepis.

Photo Gallery

  • Male from Baltic amber. Photo by Artur Michalski.
  • Male from Baltic amber. Photo by Artur Michalski.
  • Male from Baltic amber. Photo by Artur Michalski.
  • Male from Baltic amber. Photo by Artur Michalski.
  • The fossil nematode, Heydenius formicinus, emerging from a male Prenolepis henschei in Baltic amber (Poinar, 2012, Fig. 3).

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Baltic amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene) and is also known from Bitterfeld amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene), Danish-Scandinavian amber (Bartonian, Middle to Late Eocene) and Rovno amber (Priabonian, Late Eocene) (Perkovsky, 2016).

Biology

This species is a host for the nematode Heydenius formicinus (a parasite) in Baltic amber (Poinar, 2002) (Baltic amber fossil).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • henschei. †Prenolepis henschei Mayr, 1868c: 34, pl. 1, figs. 14-17 (w.m.) BALTIC AMBER (Eocene). Wheeler, W.M. 1915h: 118 (q.). See also: LaPolla & Dlussky, 2010: 265.

Description

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