Myrmecologist Stefanie Kautz writes:
As a postdoc in Dr. Corrie Moreau’s lab at the Field Museum I have recently developed microsatellite primers for the bullet ant, Paraponera clavata. I am particularly interested in two questions: (i) the phylogeography throughout the distribution range of the species, (ii) whether colony structure changes throughout the distribution range of the species.
For question (i) one individual per colony would be helpful from as many colonies as possible. For question (ii) I would need 12-15 workers from a single a colony from as many colonies as you are able to get that number of works – these colonies could also be used for question (i).
If you have any bullet ant specimens, and you would be willing to donate some for my project, please e-mail me. Any and all samples, regardless of the preservation method, would be greatly appreciated. However, in case you will go collecting in the future and have a chance to collect bullet ants that you would be willing to contribute, preservation in >95% ethanol would be the best. Please feel free to contact me or Corrie Moreau with questions.
skautz [at] fieldmuseum.org