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Contact: Christian Rabeling
rabeling@mail.utexas.edu
512-471-7619
University of Texas at Austin

New Amazonian Ant

Caption: This new species of blind, subterranean, predatory ant, Martialis heureka, was discovered in the Amazon by Christian Rabeling at the University of Texas at Austin. It belongs to the first new subfamily of living ants discovered since 1923, and is a descendant of one of the first ant lineages to evolve over 120 million years ago.

Credit: Christian Rabeling, the University of Texas at Austin

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