Meranoplus mucronatus. With over 700 described species,...
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SpeciesMeranoplus mucronatus
LocalitySabah, Malaysia
DescriptionWith over 700 described species, the ant diversity of Borneo is extraordinarily rich. Although many ants defend themselves with toxic compounds or painful stings, some such as this species are protected by sharp spines to deter predators. This group of workers is attending to a herd of extremely small planthopper nymphs, from which they take secreted honeydew. 
Keywordsant | borneo | fauna | formicidae | hymenoptera | insect | spiny


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