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  • Two new species of a rare ant genus have been discovered in India.
  • The species of the ant genus Ooceraeafound in Kerala, and Tamil Nadu adds to the diversity of this rare genus.
  • They differ from others of the same genus on the basis of the number of antennal segments.
  • One of them, found in the Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala, has been named Ooceraeajoshii, after a distinguished evolutionary biologist from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

About ant genus Ooceraea:

  • The genus is currently represented by 14 species of which eight possess nine-segmented antennae, while five possess eleven- segmented antennae and one species has recently been reported with eight-segmented antennae.
  • In India, the genus was so far represented by two species with nine- and eleven-segmented antennae



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