Discovered in Cleopatra’s Needle, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in January 2014, a new species of ant was named by scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Museum of Natural History after former President Corazon C. Aquino.
Named Romblonella coryae sp. n., the new ant species is described to have a “robust, hard, and compact body. UPLB ant specialists David Emmanuel General and Perry Archival Buenavente published their report in the journal Halteres.
According to General, naming the new ant species after the country’s icon of democracy first is the people of Palawan’s way of thanking Aquino for the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act of 1992.
“It is only but fitting that a genus named after a Philippine island has a species named after a modern Filipino hero,” the researchers stated.
Considered rare, the Romblonella genus can only be found in five locations in the country. Species of this genus were also found in Australia and Fiji.
In 1935, the first species of Romblonella genus discovered in the Philippines was found in Romblon. Scientists named it Romblonella opaca.
Recently, the House Committee on Public Works and Highways approved the renaming of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to President Corazon C. Aquino Expressway (CAEX).