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A new Ant Species has been discovered in the Western Ghats



~ The name of the species is 'Tyrannomyrmex alii'.

~ It was found in Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala.

~ It has been named after eminent myrmecologist Musthak Ali, who is regarded as India's 'ant man'.

~ It was discovered from Vallakadavu range of Western Ghats.

~ Tyrannomyrmex is a rare myrmicine (subfamily of ants).


Periyar Tiger Reserve

~ It is a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, India. 

~ It is also an elephant reserve.

~ It is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills.

~ The Periyar and Pamba Rivers originate in the forests of the reserve.


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