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New species of snail discovered in Queensland’s southern highlands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Melissa Maddison | May 29, 2015   A new species of snail has been discovered in the highlands of southern Queensland. A dozen scientists spent 10 days in October 2014 scouring the Carnarvon Station Reserve, about 200 kilometres south of Emerald, for spiders, ants, bees, flies, plants, reptiles and amphibians. Ellen Couchman found the snail, which was only officially confirmed as a new species this week. It was given the scientific name Pallidex simonhudsoni. It’s not that …

Males still necessary, even in asexually reproducing species – Science News – redOrbit

… in other types of ants, male Little Fire ants fertilize queens to produce a worker class that is sterile and accepts genetic contributions from both parents. The offspring of the reproductive classes differ, however. As the study authors explain, fertile males hatch with no genetic contribution from the queen laying the egg, while new queens hatch without any genetic contributions from the father. What remained unclear was why male Little Fire ants continued to exist when queens can clonally …

Isotope Study Shows Which Urban Ants Love Junk Food | NC State News

By Matt Shipman | April 1, 2015 Research from North Carolina State University finds that some – but not all – of the ant species on the streets of Manhattan have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are thriving in urban environments. The findings stem from a study that tested isotope levels in New York City ants to determine the makeup of their diet. “We wanted to learn more about why some ant species are able to live alongside us, on sidewalks or in …

New species of ant found in Northern Territory mine site – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… Rudy Kohout, who published numerous papers on the genus Polyrhachis. “He [Rudy] dedicated many years to the taxonomy of this particular group of ants, so I thought this one was so interesting that it would be a real privilege to name one of these ants after him, and he graciously accepted that.” If you click on the link below you will find an audio recording about this discovery. via New species of ant found in Northern Territory mine site – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting …

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