2.NEW ANT SPECIES DISCOVERED FROM KERALA
- 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