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AntWeb is the leading online database on ants: storing specimens images and records, and natural history information, and documenting over 490,000 specimens across over 35,000 taxa of ants in its open source and community driven repository as of November 2014. [1] It was set up by Brian L. Fisher in 2002, and cost US$30,000 dollars to build. [2]

Ant family of insects

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Brian L. Fisher is a field biologist who works on the systematics of arthropods, with a particular focus on ants. He has discovered over 1000 species, including 900 species of ants in Madagascar. He mainly conducts field work in Madagascar and Africa.

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  1. "AntWeb". AntWeb Statistics. Archived from the original on 27 Oct 2014. Retrieved Nov 30, 2014.
  2. Rex Dalton (July 17, 2003). "Ants join online colony to boost conservation efforts" (PDF). Nature . Retrieved April 21, 2011.