Phillip Barden, Hollister W. Herhold & David A. Grimaldi, 2017, A new genus of hell ants from the Cretaceous (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Haidomyrmecini) with a novel head structure, Systematic Entomology 42, pp. 837-846: 838

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Haidomyrmex  cerberus Dlussky

– the first hell ant was named 20 years ago by the prolific paleomyrmecologist Gennady Dlussky (Dlussky, 1996). Haidomyrmex  cerberus was described from a single partial worker specimen, providing the basis for what are now tribal synapomorphies for the Haidomyrmecini  , established by Bolton (2003) and revised by Perrichot et al. (2016): unusual L-shaped mandibles and a bulging clypeus possessing a clypeal brush comprising dense, stout setae.

Locality: Burmese amber, ~ 98.8 Ma, Kachin State, Myanmar ( Shi et al., 2012)