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Species: †Sphecomyrma freyi   Wilson & Brown, 1967 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Sphecomyrma freyi Wilson & Brown, 1967 PDF: 8, pls. 1-4, figs. 1, 2 (w.) NEW JERSEY AMBER (Cretaceous). Primary type information: USA, New Jersey, Monmouth County, Cliffwood; Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (MCZ). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Designation of neotype: Grimaldi et al., 1997 PDF: 12.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: United States

Distribution Notes:

New Jersey amber, U.S.A.; Late Cretaceous, Turonian (ca. 92 Ma).


Holotype MCZ.PALE-8589, partially destroyed; neotype AMNH-NJ-112 (now donated to MCZ in replacement of the holotype accidently destroyed).


  • Wilson E. O., Carpenter F. M., Brown W. L. Jr. 1967. The first Mesozoic ants, with the description of a new subfamily. Psyche, 74(1): 1-19.
  • Grimaldi D. A., Agosti D., Carpenter J. M. 1997. New and rediscovered primitive ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey, and their phylogenetics relationships. American Museum Novitates, 3208: 1-43.
  • Engel M. S., Grimaldi D. A. 2005. Primitive new ants in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar, New Jersey, and Canada (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). American Museum Novitates, 3485: 1-23.

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