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Two new species of a rare ant genus discovered in India 

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  • January 25, 2021
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Two new species of a rare ant genus discovered in India 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- III – Biodiversity; Environment

In news 

  • Two new species of a rare ant genus have been discovered in India. 
  • The species of the ant genus Ooceraea found in Kerala, and Tamil Nadu add to the diversity of this rare genus.

Key takeaways

  • One of them found in the Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala, has been named Ooceraea joshii, in honour of Prof. Amitabh Joshi, a distinguished evolutionary biologist.
  • The newly discovered ant species with ten segmented antennae, establish an old world lineage that contains a species emerging as the only model organism among the ant subfamily.

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