IUCN threat status:

Not evaluated

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Characteristics

The Formicinae share the following characters with the Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Bolton 2003):
  • Dorsal cuticular flap of the metapleural gland anteriorly reduced and posteromedially extended
  • Petiole with complete tergosternal fusion
  • Postpygidial glands absent
... and have the following synapomorphies (Bolton 2003):
  • Acidopore at apex of hypopygium
  • Glands producing formic acid
  • Sting nonfunctional (vestigial to absent)
  • Lancets disarticulated from sting
  • Pygidial gland absent

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