Group laughter at the social insect conference

“At a social insect conference, the whole room broke into laughter,” writes Myrmecos about the moment someone displayed this chart:


Myrmecos explains: “Pachycondyla, among the most common ants in tropical regions worldwide, turns out to be a motley assortment of unrelated species. While the taxonomy of the world’s 12,000 or so ant species is obviously still a work on progress, I don’t think any of us had seen a case where ant names showed such a non-relationship to their genealogy. We knew before that Pachycondyla wasn’t really a natural group. But this? This was bad…. [here for further details]”