New ant species described in 3D

New ant species described in 3D

A spectacular new ant species has been discovered by Phil Hoenle – in the rainforest just behind the research station. The paper in ZooKeys describes this new species, Odonotomachus davidsoni – and accompanies the formal description for the first time with 3D images, making Museum specimen accessible to the public. The species’ name was subject to an auction held in Washington, organised by Rainforest Trust, raising money for forest conservation in the Chocó. Here’s how the species was promoted by them.

Hoenle et al. (2020) Odontomachus davidsoni sp. nov. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), a new conspicuous trap-jaw ant from Ecuador. ZooKeys 948: 75–105

3D model of Odontomachus davidsoni. An interactive model is found HERE. More videos and images in the Supplement of the article.

The 3D images were obtained by a DISC3D (Darmstadt Insect Scanner) system (Ströbel et al. 2019 in ZooKeys). REASSEMBLY aims to promote the digitization of many tropical insects that are collected during the course of the project or already available in Museum collections. Also see DiNArDa e.V. and a collection of various species here.

Press coverage:
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Rainforest Trust: Species of Ant Discovered in Rainforest Trust Reserve Described First by New Technology