Thursday, June 30, 2022
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
You are viewing: Home > News > Natural World > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  

Did you know that you can now support us on Patreon ?

You can subscribe for less than the cost of a cup of coffee - and we'll even throw in a range of exclusive perks as a way to say thank you.
Natural World

Dracula ant snaps its jaws shut at 200mph

December 12, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments



The Dracula ant got its name from its unusual eating habits. Image Credit: YouTube / Ant Lab
The animal with the world's fastest moving appendage has been revealed to be a tiny ant with a lethal jaw.
The species, which can be found in Africa, Australia and southeast Asia, is able to snap its jaws shut at a staggering 200 miles per hour - that's 5,000 times faster than the blink of an eye.

The way that its jaw mechanism works is also unusual and involves spring-loading its mandibles with internal stresses which release when one mandible is slid across the other.

The resulting force is perfect for snatching prey or for helping the ant to defend itself.
"Their powerful jaws work like a mousetrap, except the latch and spring mechanism are all in one," said entomologist Professor Andrew Suarez from the University of Illinois.

"The ants use this motion to smack other arthropods, likely stunning them, smashing them against a tunnel wall or pushing them away."

This incredible snapping motion is now recognized as the fastest animal movement on record.



Source: Sky News | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by psyche101 4 years ago
Wow!  4 times faster than the Mantis Shrimp! That's saying something. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
... but it doesn't suck blood, so that ain;t no Count Dracul ant ...   ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
My ex mother-in-law was faster than that, I reckon.  Not that she shut her mouth very often.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Wow, the ant is probably totally dizzied out after doing that or they have insane internal shock defense ! 
Comment icon #5 Posted by SD455GTO 4 years ago
I didn't think the Mantis Shrimp could be beaten considering it's able to create a vacuum bubble inside the water when it moves it's arm.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


 Total Posts: 7,286,687    Topics: 299,739    Members: 197,548

 Not a member yet ? Click here to join - registration is free and only takes a moment!
Recent news and articles