Nothomyrmecia macrops: A Living-Fossil Ant Rediscovered

  title={Nothomyrmecia macrops: A Living-Fossil Ant Rediscovered},
  author={R. Taylor},
  pages={979 - 985}
  • R. Taylor
  • Published 1978
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The Australian Nothomyrmecia macrops is the most primitive living ant. Until recently rediscovered, it was known only from two 46-year-old specimens, both workers. All developmental stages and adult castes are now known. Adults have stridulatory organs placed ventrally, between abdominal sternites III (with plectrum) and IV (with stridulitrum), differing from all other Hymenoptera, where these organs are dorsal. The chromosome number is the highest recorded for Hymenoptera (2n = 92). Virgin… CONTINUE READING

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