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Temporal range: Fossil only
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formiciinae
Lutz, 1986
2 fossil genera
6 fossil species


Extant Taxa

No living taxa are known from this subfamily.

Fossil Taxa

Fossil Genera % World Fossil Genera Valid Fossil Species/Subsp. % World Fossil Species/Subsp.
2 1.2% 6 0.7%

Fossils known from: Bournemouth, Dorset, U.K. (Bartonian, Middle Eocene), Green River Formation, Colorado, United States (Lutetian, Middle Eocene), Isle of Purbeck (Durlston Bay), Dorset, U.K. (Middle Eocene), Messel, Germany (Lutetian, Middle Eocene), Puryear, Tennessee, United States (Early Eocene).

List of Tribes and Genera


No tribes within subfamily.

Extant Genera

This subfamily is known only from fossils.

Fossil Genera


*Formiciinae Lutz, 1986: 181. Type-genus: *Formicium.
Taxonomic history
*Formiciinae as subfamily of Formicidae: Lutz, 1986: 181; Lutz, 1990: 1; Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 17; Baroni Urbani, Bolton & Ward, 1992: 317; Bolton, 1994: 187; Bolton, 2003: 262.
*Formiciinae as formicoid subfamily of Formicidae: Ward, 2007a: 557.
Tribe: *Formiciini.