New Delhi, Jan 4: In a first, a team of scientists from National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan discovered two new species of ants on the Havelock island in the Andaman islands. The team named the new species Tetramorium krishnani and Tetramorium Jarawa. 

The team named the species in the honour of late scientist K.S. Krishnan and the Jarawas who are considered to be one of the oldest aboriginal tribes in the world. The study further found that ants discovered during the survey live on the leafy litter of the islands. The study also recorded the presence of 50 ant species and it said that many of which have been recorded for the first time.

“We are excited about the discovery, though we did expect to come across new species because we know very little about India’s ant species, they are not well-documented,” said Gaurav Agavekar who co-authored the study.

“I hope to sample other islands of the archipelago in future, as well as mainland India to generate quality baseline data for ants across the country, which can be used to answer interesting ecological and evolutionary questions,” The Hindu quoted Agavekar as saying.