New research shows that garbage piles produced by leaf-cutter ants emit significant amounts of nitrous oxide—a potent greenhouse gas.
When confronted by an enemy, Southeast Asian “exploding ants” do exactly what their name implies: they explode. Ignored for decades, researchers have completed a detailed survey of these enigmatic ants, discovering over a dozen species that fit into this group, including one that’s completely new to science.
There are a lot of silly ways you can name a new species — maybe after a boat, or the US President, or the sound you made when you found it. But this little ant probably received one of the most badarse names possible: Tyrannomyrmex rex, T. rex for short.