Odontomachus simillimus
12 Jul 2012
  Ants of the genus Odontomachus (depicted here) are famous for their 'trap-jaw' mandibles which close at incredible speeds.  In addition to being a potent weapon, the jaws generate so much...
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Pheidole pegasus
9 Jul 2012
This rare species of Pheidole, discovered in 2008, is only found on two small Pacific Islands.  The function of the exaggerated spines is unknown, but has evolved independently several times...
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8 Jul 2012
The two members of OIST’s newest research group, the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, had extra cause to celebrate when the Lab 2 building...
Type: News Article
Strumigenys nidifex: This species, only found in the Fijian islands, has powerfu
6 Jul 2012
This species, only found in the Fijian islands, has powerful mandibles it uses to hunt prey in the leaf litter. Credit: Eli M. Sarnat,...
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Odontomachus with open jaws
6 Jul 2012
Ant of the Odontomachus genus. Photo by Benoit Guenard.
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25 Jun 2012
Though it’s far less dramatic than the architecture or the ocean view, one sight that often grabs the attention of visitors to OIST is a small sign near the entrance that reads, “Caution...
Type: News Article
25 Jun 2012
A himehabu, a frog-eating species with venom that is much less toxic to humans than that of the larger Okinawa habu. Photo by Steven Aird
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6 Jun 2012
Matthias Wolf was supposed to be a pharmacist. He studied pharmacology as an undergraduate, even though he was “more interested in the essential properties of life,” he says. But then he changed tack...
Type: News Article
6 Jun 2012
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