Thursday, 28 September 2017

Heat-loving Australian ants believe in diversity, hint 74 species new to science

Date:  September 21, 2017
Source:  Pensoft Publishers

Summary:
A genus of Australian ants, many of whose members prefer to forage in blistering temperatures of up to 50°C (122°F), is revised to include 74 new species. The ants include seed-eaters, ant and termite raiders, 'honeypot ants' that store nectar and honeydew, and numerous others whose biology is not yet understood. Some are bizarre: one species has eyes like inverted ice-cream cones.


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