The University of Texas at Austin
  • Graduate student finds new ant species

    By Tara Chandler
    Published: Sept. 22, 2008
    Graduate

    An ant so unlike all other living ants that it was given an extraterrestrial name has been discovered in the Amazon rain forest. The tiny new species is the only known surviving member of an ant lineage that separated from the main family more than a hundred million years ago, DNA analysis revealed. The pale, eyeless ant appears to be adapted to living underground, possibly surfacing at night to forage. Its long mandibles suggest that the 0.08-inch-long (2-millimeter-long) animal is a predator, most likely of soft-bodied creatures such as termite larvae. Christian Rabeling, a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin, found a single specimen of the new species, thought to be a worker ant, in tropical soils near Manaus, Brazil. “This beast is totally new to science,” Rabeling said.

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      Michael said on Jan. 26, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
      Interesting article, it goes to show yet again just how many different species of ants there really are that we keep finding new ones. Can't argue with an ant that eats termite larvae though, wish there were more of those around.
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