A SCIENCE team from a Hong Kong university found 13 species of ants that are new to Hong Kong in the past four years. Three of those species have never been seen before. Of the
remaining 10 species, one is a pest from the US, but was only found in Hung Hom (紅磡).
The three new species are of the Strumigenys (瘤顎蟻屬) genus. They were discovered by a University of Hong Kong team: Professor Benoit Guenard, researcher Mac Pierceand
graduate student Wilfred Tang Kit-lam (鄧傑臨).
The three new species of ants live amongst fallen leaves or soil. They are tiny predators, at only two to four millimetres long. They eat other small insects, and are
called‘miniature trapjaws’. As to the other 10 species, five were discovered elsewhere in Asia and have been named.
(This article is published on Goodies on 10 April 2019)