|Proceratium google worker, holotype specimen|
Proceratium google, also known as the Google ant, was discovered in Madagascar by Brian L. Fisher, Associate Curator of Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences. The ant has an oddly shaped abdomen, adapted for hunting its exclusive meal of spider eggs.
Named in recognition of the support from the Google company. I hope that Google will continue applying its talent to serve data relevant to the biodiversity community, conservation planners, and the general public. By creating a “Zoogle,” Google could help achieve free and democratic access to taxonomic and biodiversity data on species. P. google is also suspected to be a specialist egg predator of spiders, which is also why this ant is aptly named after Google— for the ability to hunt down obscure prey. The specific name is an arbitrary combination, to be treated as a noun in apposition.
- Fisher, Brian L. (30 September 2005). "Ants unearthed with Google Earth". Google Official Blog. Retrieved 30 September 2005.
- Fisher, B. L. 2005. A new species of Discothyrea Roger from Mauritius and a new species of Proceratium Roger from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)56:657-667. [2005-12-30] PDF 131285
- Antweb (2005). Species: Proceratium google. Retrieved September 30, 2005.
- California Academy of Sciences (2005). ACADEMY SCIENTIST MAPS WORLD'S ANTS WITH GOOGLE EARTH. Retrieved September 30, 2005.