Sphecomyrma freyi

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Sphecomyrma freyi
Temporal range: Turonian, Late Cretaceous
Raritan (New Jersey) amber, New Jersey, United States
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Sphecomyrminae
Tribe: Sphecomyrmini
Genus: Sphecomyrma
Species: S. freyi
Binomial name
Sphecomyrma freyi
Wilson & Brown, 1967

Sphecomyrma freyi worker no 2 paratype (Wilson, Carpenter and Brown 1967).jpg



This taxon was described from Raritan (New Jersey) amber, New Jersey, United States (Turonian, Late Cretaceous).



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

  • freyi. †Sphecomyrma freyi Wilson & Brown, in Wilson, Carpenter & Brown, 1967: 8, pls. 1-4, figs. 1, 2 (w.) U.S.A. (Cretaceous). Designation of neotype: Grimaldi, Agosti & Carpenter, 1997: 12. See also: Engel & Grimaldi, 2005: 9.

Type Material

  • Neotype (designated by Grimaldi et al., 1997: 12), worker, Sunrise Landing, E. Brunswick, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, United States, Dec. 1994, Case, Borodin, Leggett, AMNH No. NJ-112, Museum of Comparative Zoology.