New ant species found in frog stomach

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    Finding new species may call to mind images of scientists tracking mysterious footprints in the mud or cutting paths through the dense jungle. But, sometimes scientists make discoveries in the strangest of places. Like the belly of a poison frog.
    Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri, a new tropical ant species was found in the belly of a diablito, or little devil frog (Oophaga sylvatica), in Ecuador. The diablito, a kind of bright orange poison frog, is known for its love of ants. The newfound ant species is named after Bert Hölldobler, a German evolutionary biologist and ant expert, for his 80th birthday.
    Because the only known specimen of L. hoelldobleri is a dead one from a frog's stomach, scientists know almost nothing about it.
    A glimpse through a high-powered stereomicroscope at that ill-fated ant, however, has offered a few clues that have to be confirmed yet.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/frogs-ants-vomits-new-species/
     

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