There's a new fastest animal on Earth, and it's … an ant.
Sorry if we disappointed you, but believe it or not, this little – and something scary – guy has taken the new record. And he is found in Australia.
Known as the dracula ant, its jaws jaw 5000 times faster than eyes in the eye.
The quick critter uses a snap mechanism to quickly slide its mandibles over each other, resembling a finger snap.
It sucks the blood of its larvae for food, hence the name, and uses its snap jaw to eat other bugs or to defend itself.
The Dracula ant is one of at least six rows of ants, developed with power-boosted jaws adapted to high speed speeds.
Researchers recorded recordings of jaws ranging from zero to 320 km / h in 0.000015 seconds, making it the fastest known animal movement.
Speed can determine if it catches food or is eaten by a predator.
In a survey published today, researchers said that the fastest animal movements built in locks and springs in their pendants to overcome muscle strength.
"We have also discovered that snap-jaw mandible shape is specialized for bending, consistent with their use as a flexible spring," they said.
"These results extend our understanding of animal speed and demonstrate how small changes in shape can result in dramatic differences in performance."
This particular species is limited to Australia, tropical Africa and Southeast Asia.
Because of their cryptic habits they are rare to gather.
Researchers, led by the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, said they wanted to better understand a gap in the knowledge of animal welfare with detailed
Information about snap-jaw mechanisms is missing.