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Dracula Ant Discovered in Western Ghats
Dec 01, 2015

A new species of the Dracula ant, likely to be of Stigmatomma group of predaceous ants, was discovered in the Western Ghats region of Kerala.

  • Stigmatomma group was commonly referred to as Dracula ant because at times of scarcity, they puncture the bodies of their own larvae and drink the hemolymph. The subterranean ants, nearly 1 cm long, have poor vision and feed on centipedes.

  • Stigmatomma species are known to live a hypogaeic lifestyle as predators of chilopods. 

  • The scientists now will work on deducing the name of the species using taxonomic keys.

  • They will also submit the details regarding the ant’s characteristic features and other details to a peer-reviewed academic journal to establish the discovery, if further study reveals that the ant comes under no existing species.

  • Three Dracula ant species had been discovered in the past in the country from Kolkata, Himachal Pradesh, and Karnataka


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