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Dragon Ants

July 29, 2016

Meet Drogon and Viserion, the dragon ants.

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In a paper published today in PLOS One, researchers describe two new species of ants from New Guinea.

The new ant species are members of the widespread Pheidole genus, a type of ant found all over the world, and known for its large heads. But in addition to their big heads, these two species have huge spikes on their backs.

The researchers decided that the spikes bore a distinct resemblance to the adornments of the dragons from “Game of Thrones,” and named them accordingly. The new species are Pheidole viserion and Pheidole drogon. (Sorry, Rhaegal, today’s not your day).

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