Ant Fungal Garden Chamber

Photo: Ted Schultz, Smithsonian
December 23, 2013
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ant fungal garden chamber
Photo: Ted Schultz, Smithsonian

Smithsonian scientists captured images of a fungal garden chamber dug by the newly discovered ant species, Cyatta abscondita, in Cerrado, Brazil on April 18, 2010. The new species, which farms the fungi to feed its colony, is a ‘living fossil’ that can help scientists reveal the way in which the first fungus-growing ants may have lived.