Odontomachus coquereli - Trap-Jaw Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Large size, slender habitus, bulging eyes, and bear-trap jaws make the Malagasy ant Odontomachus coquereli one of the oddest-looking insects I have had the pleasure to photograph.

Madagascar, Antsiranana: Parc National de Marojejy, Manantenina River
450m 14º26´S 49º45´E 
13.xii.2005  Rainforest, ex rotting log.
Brian Fisher, coll., #BLF13619, voucher specimens deposited at CASC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.