Vaibhav's Protanilla, a new species of ant described from Goa, India.Sat, 2020-07-25 16:48
Vaibhav's Protanilla, Protanilla flamma a small subterranean ant measuring just 2.5mm has been described from the forests of Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, India. This ant is completely blind and uses chemical cues for navigating in their dark subterranean world. The species is named after Prof. Vaibhav Chindarkar from Goa. The word “vaibhav” means eminence – like the glow of a flame in the dark in Sanskrit and incidentally, this species is also yellowish-orange in colour and hence, the species is named "flamma". Vaibhav's Protanilla is the 13th species described from this genus.
Link to publication: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3941686