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Dracula ant snaps its jaws shut at 200mph


Posted on Wednesday, 12 December, 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)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by psyche101 on 12 December, 2018, 12:35
Wow!  4 times faster than the Mantis Shrimp! That's saying something. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye on 12 December, 2018, 12:40
... but it doesn't suck blood, so that ain;t no Count Dracul ant ...   ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 12 December, 2018, 12:42
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 on 12 December, 2018, 15:20
Wow, the ant is probably totally dizzied out after doing that or they have insane internal shock defense ! 
Comment icon #5 Posted by SD455GTO on 12 December, 2018, 16:13
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.


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