New Ant Species Vomited From Frog

Hunter J., Staff Editor

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Recently on September 23 2016, a new ant species was found vomited from a Devil Frog’s stomach. The poisonous frog vomited up a new species of ant species called Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri. The frog species was called diablito or otherwise called little devil frog. However, the poisonous frog got its poison from eating ants in the first place.

The only ant that was found, was dead so currently scientists are hunting for the species in the tropics. The scientists have no idea where to find them however the diablito know exactly where they are. Only one ant of this species was found, so currently there isn’t many information on this species. “The difficulty is finding the ants!” Stated Christian Rabeling from the National Geographic article “Devil Frog Vomits Up a New Ant Species”

This ant has a spike on its dorsal side. The ant found was approximately over 3 millimeters. This ant has high chemical factors and scientists suggest that the chemical was used to communicate with each other. The ant’s body looks like a fingerprint with small ridges swirling around the body.

The frog that happened to vomit up this new ant species is a threatened species and the Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri (New ant) was poisonous therefore harming the frog. The International Union for Conservation of Nature took the frog and flushed out its stomach to make sure the frog doesn’t die. The IUCN returned the frog back to the wild after they made sure its stomach was safe and unharmed.

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