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electric ant

Scientific Name
Wasmannia auropunctata
Scientific Author
(Roger)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Distribution

  • USA and Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Africa
  • Australasian - Oceanian

Description

Native to Central and South America; has been introduced into parts of Africa (including Gabon and Cameroon), North America (including Canada) and South America; some islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean (including New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and some islands in the Galapagos, Hawai‘ian and Solomon islands).

Source:

See weblink Global Invasive species database

Presence in Australia was confirmed in May 2006 in Smithfield, a northern Cairns suburb.

Source:

See weblink Australian presence and distribution


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