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Red imported fire ant

Scientific Name
Solenopsis invicta
Scientific Author
Buren
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Fire ants are ~2-6 mm long: variation in size is one distinguishing characteristics. They are coppery-brown in colour on the head and body, with a darker abdomen. The ant mound or nest has no obvious entry or exit holes. When the mound is disturbed, dozens to hundreds of reddish-brown worker ants crawl up the vertical surfaces (grass and other objects) on and around the mound.

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Author
Carmichael, A.
Created
30/05/2005 12:13 AEST
Last Updated
26/11/2011 11:07 AEST
Citation
Carmichael, A. (2005) Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta ) Updated on 11/26/2011 11:07:00 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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