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Most primitive living ant?

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#1 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted January 4 2024 - 4:29 PM

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I've been reading what I can about ants, and noticed something strange. Some sources say the most primitive/basal extant species of ant is Nothomyrmecia macrops, other sources say it Martialis heureka. Does anyone with more knowledge about ant evolution know which of these is the right answer? Or maybe there's another contender I don't know about?



#2 Offline Zeiss - Posted January 4 2024 - 5:39 PM

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As far as I am aware, Martialis heureka ‚Äčis the oldest living lineage of ants; N. macrops branched off later.


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#3 Offline James C. Trager - Posted January 5 2024 - 7:49 AM

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Ant experts agree that Heureka plus Leptanillinae is the oldest branch of the ant family. The myrmeciines are a relatively derived subfamily, and related to the psuedomyrmecines.
For a deep dive into ant phylogeny: https://www.antwiki....y_of_Formicidae


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#4 Offline Zeiss - Posted January 5 2024 - 3:00 PM

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Ant experts agree that Heureka plus Leptanillinae is the oldest branch of the ant family. The myrmeciines are a relatively derived subfamily, and related to the psuedomyrmecines.
For a deep dive into ant phylogeny: https://www.antwiki....y_of_Formicidae

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