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Dracula ant sets new record for fastest animal movement

Andrew Suarez, professor of entomology, uses a camera to capture the motion of jumping ants. [Photo/VCG]

According to a new study, the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at speeds of up to 90 meters per second (more than 321.86 km/h), making it the fastest animal movement on record.

Unlike trap-jaw ants, whose powerful jaws snap closed from an open position, Dracula ants power up their mandibles by pressing the tips together, spring-loading them with internal stresses that release when one mandible slides across the other, similar to a human finger snap, the researchers said.

Fredrick Larabee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, is the corresponding author of the study. [Photo/VCG]
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