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About Paraparatrechina Neela

Context:

Indian researchers recently discovered a new ant species named Paraparatrechina neela from Arunachal Pradesh’s remote Siang Valley.

About Paraparatrechina Neela:

Discovery:

  • Paraparatrechina neela is a newly discovered ant species found in the Siang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It belongs to the rare genus Paraparatrechina and is named “neela” to reflect its unique blue color, as “neela” means blue in many Indian languages.

Significance:

  • This discovery marks the first new species of Paraparatrechina in 121 years since the description of the previously known species, P. aseta (Forel, 1902), in the Indian subcontinent.
Features:
  • Size: A small ant with a total length of less than 2 mm.
  • Color: Predominantly metallic blue, except for the antennae, mandibles, and legs.
  • Head: Subtriangular with large eyes, and a triangular mandible featuring five teeth.
  • Distinctiveness: The species stands out for its distinct metallic blue color, unlike any other species in its genus.

-Source: The Hindu


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