Weird, new ant

Recently discovered South American species shakes up ant family tree

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 29, 2008

The newly discovered ant, with mouthparts like forceps and no eyes, lives under the ground in South America.

The newly discovered ant, with mouthparts like forceps and no eyes, lives under the ground in South America.

C. Rabeling, M. Verhaagh

In the Amazon rainforests of Brazil, scientists have discovered a peculiar new species of ant. The insect has no eyes. Its body is pale. And its fanglike mouthparts are longer than the rest of its head.

If you happened to cross paths with the bizarre ant, you might imagine that it belongs on another planet. Even its name — Martialis heureka — playfully sug...

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