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This is the 'fastest ant' on Earth

December 14, 2018 - The jaws of the Dracula ant (Mystrium <g class="gr_ gr_11 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling" data-gr-id="11" id="11">camillae</g>) go from 0 to 200 miles per hour in 15 microseconds. These ants can be found in the Southeast Asian tropics, Australia, and Africa. The bite has been described as the fastest animal movement on record. Its bite is 5,000 times faster than the blink of an <g class="gr_ gr_16 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="16" id="16">eye,</g> and three times faster than the previous record holder, the trap-jaw ant. This video was taken at 480,000 frames per second. Dracula ant mandibles are flattened, which allows them to bend. This mechanism acts as a loaded spring for a high-speed snap. These fast bites are thought to be used in predation or defense.
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