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Yellow crazy ant

Scientific Name
Anoplolepis gracilipes
Scientific Author
(Smith)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Distribution

  • Central and South America
  • Africa
  • South and South-East Asia
  • Australasian - Oceanian

Description

The yellow crazy ant remains poorly studied. It may have originated from Africa or Asia. The centre of diversity for the genus is Africa and A. gracilipes is the only species distributed beyond that continent.
Known introduced range includes parts of Africa (including South Africa), Asia (including India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea and Sri Lanka), South America (including Brazil) and Australia. It has been introduced onto some Caribbean islands, some Indian Ocean islands (including the Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, the Cocos Islands and the Christmas Islands) and some Pacific islands (including New Caledonia, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Okinawa, Vanuatu, Micronesia and the Galapagos archipelago) (McGlynn 1999; Holway et al. 2002; Lewis et al. 1976, Haines and Haines 1978a, Veeresh and Gubbaiah 1984, in O’Dowd et al. 1999).

Source:

http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=110&fr=1&sts=

A Crazy ant infestation was confirmed for Townsville (Australia: Queensland) on 18 June 2008.

Source:

http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/3010886ENAHTML.htm


 


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