The first step in studying ants might be knowing the name of them. I want to call the name of ants exactly. I'd like to know how many species are distributed in Korea and how can I distinguish the resembling species.
Korea, especially Pohang and Jinju are good places to observe the excavated impression fossils. It's quite interesting that the majority of them are ants.
We can find many small invertebrates having relationships with ants and we usually call them "Myrmecophile animals". I've been watching several species for a couple of years in the lab and I want to figure out the secrets of them.
I'm currently interested in the male genital structures of ants as I believe that it could be the key to solve the known limitations in the ant taxonomy. Moreover, I'd like to know where the specific ants came from and where they're heading based on phylogenetic approaches.
2. Sampling (2)
3. Examining type specimens.
4. 3D rendering, Morphology
1. Impression fossil excavated from Pohang
2. Impression fossil excavated from Jinju
3. Line drawing of impression fossil