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Tropical Fire Ant

Scientific Name
Solenopsis geminata
Scientific Author
(Fabricius)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae )
Risk
Unknown
Status
Exotic Pest Establishment in Thailand
Reliability
High
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Workers are polymorphic; body length ranging from 3-5mm. Body is red-orange brown, head brown. (ISSG Global Invasive Species Database)

Worker ants have two nodes between the thorax and abdomen, distinct compound eyes, ten segments on the antennae with two segments forming a club, no spines on the propodeum and are over 2 mm long. Major worker ants have a deep groove on the vertex of the head, mandibles without teeth and are entirely black, with a short antennal scape reaching half-way to the vertex (Vinson et al. 2003)

 

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Author
Graham, R.
Created
02/02/2011 11:25 AEST
Last Updated
02/02/2011 11:25 AEST
Citation
Graham, R. (2011) Tropical Fire Ant (Solenopsis geminata) Updated on 2/2/2011 11:25:04 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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