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World fastest ant “Saharan silver ant” found in northern Sahara


World fastest ant “Saharan silver ant” found in northern Sahara


The Cataglyphis bombycina is the fastest desert ant on record.

Silver ants travel 108 times their body length per second and have stride rate 10 times that of Usain Bolt

The Saharan silver ant is the fastest of the world’s 12,000 known ant species, clocking 855 millimetres nearly a metre per second.

Its scientific name is Cataglyphis bombycina.

A team of German researchers from the University of Ulm and Freiburg (Germany) discovered the ant in Douz area of Tunisia in Northern Sahara.