Distribution and Differentiation of Fossil Oecophylla (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Species by Wing Imprints

Результат исследований: Научные публикации в периодических изданияхстатьярецензирование


Abstract: Ten Middle Miocene imprints of Oecophylla Smith, 1860 (Stavropol Region, Russia) are described and redescribed from the collection of the Arthropoda Laboratory of the Borissiak Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Oecophylla has distinctive features of the wing venation, allowing the identification of fossils. Based on our study of extant ants, a procedure for identifying externally similar forewing imprints of Formicinae using the example of Oecophylla (Bembridge, United Kingdom) is proposed. It seems that the oldest Oecophylla is recognized now among early and middle Eocene ants from North America, a continent no longer inhabited by weaver ants, despite the apparently suitable climatic conditions. We suggest that historical distribution of weaver ants was determined by their ecology and behavior, and competition within ant assemblages.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Страницы (с-по)76-89
Число страниц14
ЖурналPaleontological Journal
Номер выпуска1
СостояниеОпубликовано - янв 2021

Предметные области Scopus

  • Палеонтология


Подробные сведения о темах исследования «Distribution and Differentiation of Fossil Oecophylla (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Species by Wing Imprints». Вместе они формируют уникальный семантический отпечаток (fingerprint).