Researchers Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson wrote a book called "The Ants," in which they estimate that there are over 10 quadrillion ants on the planet. Scientists surmise that ants comprise from 15 to 25 percent of the earth's animal biomass. There are 12,762 known species of ants, and the estimated number of total ant species is more than 22,000.
The total weight of all the ants on Earth is estimated to be equal to that of all the humans. Ants inhabit every continent on earth except Antarctica, Greenland and a few islands in Hawaii and Polynesia. They are so successful because of their ability to form organized societies and communicate with each other.Learn More
The exact population of monkeys in the world is not known, but there are more than 260 different types of monkeys on the planet. There are two different categories of monkeys: New World and Old World.Full Answer >
There are approximately 470 known species of shark in the world, but it's impossible to count the exact number of individual sharks on the planet. World Wildlife Fund estimates that more than 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.Full Answer >
The greatest human leapers in the world are able to jump over a bar suspended nearly 8 feet off of the ground. While the world record consistently increased for a period of about 100 years, recently, it appears that competitive high jumpers may be approaching the human body’s biological limits. Most average humans jump only a fraction of this height.Full Answer >
Praying mantises live all around the world, with most living in warmer temperatures. They tend to choose environments where they can blend in, such as grassy and wooded areas, where they can match the environment to the color of their body to hide from animals that treat them as prey.Full Answer >