Ants are good examples of colony that lives through the day. They maybe black or red deep down in your backyard.
But this one has a unique representation when it was viewed in a microscope because of fierce jaws bristling with sharp teeth whose eyes reduced to tiny points.
This is one of the newly species discovered in Central America that has an alien character. Its face resembles of the movie ‘Alien’ that shock moviegoers in the big screen.
A total of 33 previously unknown ant species have been discovered in Central America and the Caribbean. The nearly blind ants live in leaf litter and rotten logs in rainforests and are all quite tiny, each less than one-twelfth of an inch (2 millimeters) in length, according to new research.
Scientists named about one-third of the ants after Mayan deities, said Jack Longino, an entomologist at the University of Utah, in a statement from the school.
“The new species were found mostly in small patches of forest that remain in a largely agricultural landscape, highlighting the importance of forest conservation efforts in Central America,” Longino said. These crawling, chomping mini-beasts perform many vital roles in ecosystems, such as aerating soil and pollinating plants.
One of the newfound species, Eurhopalothrix zipacna, is named for a violent, crocodile-like Mayan demon, and is found in Guatemala and Honduras. Another, dubbed Eurhopalothrix xibalba, or “place of fear,” refers to the Mayan underworld; this ant is found from Honduras to Costa Rica.
Scientists have so far recorded about 15,000 species of antsworldwide, according to the statement. But there may be as many as 100,000 in total, said Longino, who has now discovered 131 new species of ants, the statement noted. Insects in the tropics have astonishing levels of diversity, studies have shown.