Sep 27, 2016

Scientists just discovered a new species of ant — in frog vomit

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Scientists working in Ecuador have discovered a new species of ant in the most unusual of places – the vomit of a bright orange ‘devil frog’ known as the diablito.

So far, we don’t know much about the new tropical ant, which hae elongated mouthparts (possibly to help catch food), and has been given the formal name Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri, in tribute to German biologist and ant expert Bert Hölldobler.

“Sometimes people think that our world is very well-explored,” lead researcher Christian Rabeling from the University of Rochester told Jason Bittel at National Geographic. “Nothing could be farther from the truth.”

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