Sorry mantis shrimp, the Dracula ant's snap-jaw is faster

CNET | 12/12/2018 | Amanda Kooser
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This ant has a speedy snap-jaw.

The mantis shrimp is an internet celebrity. Known for having the "world's fastest punch," it's the subject of a famous The Oatmeal comic. But according to a new study, the speed of a mantis shrimp's strike can't beat the powerful mandibles of a Dracula ant.

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A research team led by entomologist Andrew Suarez of the University of Illinois found the Dracula ant's snap-jaw is capable of "the fastest animal movement on record."

The ant, more officially known as Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at over 200 mph (322 km/h). A mantis shrimp's strike can reach speeds of over 50 mph (80 km/h).

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The scientists used cameras, X-ray imaging and computer simulations to gain a better understanding of how the Dracula ant's unusual jaws work.

"Even among ants...
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