Commonly known as trap-jaw ants, Anochetus ants have a pair of large, straight mandibles capable of opening 180 degrees. The mandibles are powerful and fast, giving the ant its common name. The mandibles either kill or maim the prey, allowing the ant to bring it back to the nest. The mandibles also permit slow and fine movements for other tasks such as nest building and care of larvae. This iconic specimen was trapped over twenty million years ago in a transparent amber stone excavated in La Bucara Mine in the Spring of 2015.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Geological age: Lower Oligocene – Lower Miocene (ca. 30-20 Mya)
Size: 13,9 x 10,3 x 4,5 mm
Weight: 0,4 g
Biological fossil inclusion: Trap jaw Ant anochetus (Formicidae ponerinae anochetus).