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Biology, Ecology, and Management of the Invasive Longlegged Ant, Anoplolepis gracilipes

Authors
  • Lee, Chow-Yang
  • Yang, Chin-Cheng Scotty
Type
Published Article
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Jan 07, 2022
Volume
67
Pages
43–63
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-033121-102332
Source
Annual Reviews
Keywords
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Abstract

The longlegged ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is one of the most damaging invasive tramp ants globally. It is generally found between latitudes 27°N and 27°S in Asia, although it has been introduced to other continents. Its native range remains debatable, but it is believed to be in Southeast Asia. Anoplolepis gracilipes invasion has many serious ecological consequences, especially for native invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant communities, altering ecosystem dynamics and functions. We examine and synthesize the literature about this species’ origin and distribution, impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, biology and ecology, chemical control, and potential biocontrol agents. We highlight emerging research needs on the origin and invasion history of this species, its reproductive mode, its relationship with myrmecophiles, and its host–microbial interactions, and we discuss future research directions.

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