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Dragon ants: Another species gets a 'Game of Thrones’ treatment

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Dragons do exist! Well, at least ant-sized ones. A look at two new species of ants and why they got the "Game of Thrones" treatment.

Who said dragons aren't real? Well, dragon ants, anyway. A new study out this week identifies two new ant species, and scientists are seeing similarities to the mythic creatures.

Obviously, these are not your common house ants. You'll have to go to New Guinea to find them, and it's their unique curved, hooked and vertical spikes that earned them the names Pheidole drogon and Pheidole viserion.

Drogon and Viscerion are the character Daenerys Targaryen's dragons from the popular TV show "Game of Thrones."

This isn't the first time a species has received the "Game of Thrones" treatment. In 2013, a new species of slug was named after the Khaleesi herself, Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. It's nothing new that science has been taking cues from pop culture. Both Johnny Cash and David Bowie have spiders named after them.

For more on the paper and its findings on these dragon ants, Eli Sarnat, author of the study, joined the show to discuss.

Interview Highlights

What's so special about this species?

Why is this study important?
Dragon Ants

What about their names, how did they get their really awesome "Game of Thrones" names?

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above. 
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