New ant species photos show 'monsters' in Central America, Caribbean

August 2, 2013 (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah)

"These new ant species are the stuff of nightmares" when viewed under a microscope, says entomologist Jack Longino, a professor of biology at the University of Utah, through a statement. "Their faces are broad shields, the eyes reduced to tiny points at the edges and the fierce jaws bristling with sharp teeth."

The new ants were found in Central America and the Caribbean. They are smaller than a grain of rice and live in the rotting woods of the forest. The ant's jaws open and close sideways instead of up and down, only adding to the horror-show faces, Longino said.

"If you really want a movie monster that freaks people out, have the jaws go side to side," Longino says.

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