New ‘deadbeat’ ant evolved by mooching off its relatives

Main report: Deadbeat ant species branched off as parasite inside its own colony
(Smithsonian Insider)
Other Reporting:, Futurity, EurekAlert, Futurity
Scientific Paper: Current Biology    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Mycocepurus castrator
Species named for: 'social castration'
Categories: Evolution | Insects | New Species

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation.  The ant, known to live only under a single eucalyptus tree on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development.



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