new ant species discovered...in the belly of a sylvatica

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new ant species discovered...in the belly of a sylvatica

Postby joneill809 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:04 am

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016 ... picks=true
Finding new species may call to mind images of scientists tracking mysterious footprints in the mud or cutting paths through the dense jungle.

But sometimes, a discovery is as easy as getting a frog to open its mouth and say, “Ah.”

Such is the case for Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri, a new tropical ant species found in the belly of a diablito, or little devil frog (Oophaga sylvatica), in Ecuador.

The diablito, a kind of bright orange poison frog, is known for its love of ants, says Christian Rabeling, a myrmecologist at the University of Rochester, New York. The new ant species is named after Bert Hölldobler, a German evolutionary biologist and ant expert, for his 80th birthday.

Because ant-eating frogs go hunting for bugs in tiny and hard-to-access places, scientists use them as a tool to go where they can’t go. By capturing a wild frog and flushing their stomachs, the amphibians vomit whatever is in their bellies—revealing potential treasures, like the new ant.


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Re: new ant species discovered...in the belly of a sylvatica

Postby Coqui » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:33 pm

Interesting find, thanks for posting. Feel bad that they flush the frog's stomach.


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