A novel mechanism for jumping in the indian antHarpegnathos saltator (Jerdon) (Formicidae, Ponerinae)

@article{Urbani2005ANM,
  title={A novel mechanism for jumping in the indian antHarpegnathos saltator (Jerdon) (Formicidae, Ponerinae)},
  author={Cesare Baroni Urbani and George Stephen Boyan and Albert Blarer and J. P. J. Billen and T. M. Musthak Ali},
  journal={Experientia},
  year={2005},
  volume={50},
  pages={63-71}
}
The Indian antHarpegnathos saltator may be unique among insects in using its jumping capacity not only as an escape mechanism but also as a normal means of locomotion, and for catching its prey in flight. High-speed cinematography used to analyse the various phases of the jump suggests thatHarpegnathos employs a novel jumping mechanism to mediate these behaviours: namely the synchronous activation of its middle and hindlegs. Electrophysiological recordings from muscles or nerves in pairs of… 

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