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Thank you to Dr. Adrian Smith! Most of the footage in this video is from Dr. Smith's YouTube channel. He has all sorts of wonderful content there, and does a much more thorough job in explaining all of the science behind his work.

Thank you to Dr. Alex Wild! Please look at Dr. Wild's incredible collection of photos:

Thank you Dr. Fred Larabee, Josh C. Gibson
and DR. Eduardo Fox for their amazing footage.


Booher DB, Gibson JC, Liu C, Longino JT, Fisher BL, Janda M, et al. 2021. Functional innovation promotes diversification of form in the evolution of an ultrafast trap-jaw mechanism in ants. PLoS Biol 19(3): e3001031.

FOX, E.G.P., SMITH, A.A., GIBSON, J.C. & SOLIS, D.R. 2017: Larvae of trap-jaw ants, Odontomachus LATREILLE, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): morphology and biological notes. – Myrmecological News 25: 17-28.

Larabee, Fredrick J. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2014. "The evolution and functional morphology of trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecological News 20: 25– 36.

Larabee FJ, Suarez AV 2015. Mandible-Powered Escape Jumps in Trap-Jaw Ants Increase Survival Rates during Predator-Prey Encounters. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0124871.

Larabee, Fredrick J., Smith, Adrian A. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2018. Snap-jaw morphology is specialized for high-speed power amplification in the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae R. Soc. Open Sci 5: 181447

Smith, A.A. 2019. Prey specialization and chemical mimicry between Formica archboldi and Odontomachus ants. Insect. Soc. 66, 211–222.
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