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Little Fire Ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Established at Several Locations on Guam

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Title:Little Fire Ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Established at Several Locations on Guam
Authors:Raymundo, M.L.
Miller, R.H.
Keywords:Wasmannia auropunctata, little fire ant, distribution, invasive species, Guam, Marianas Islands
Date Issued:Dec 2012
Publisher:Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation:Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society (2012) 44:85–87
Abstract:Little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (LFA), was identified in
a karst-limestone forest adjacent to a green-waste hardfill in northern Guam in No-
vember 2011. Six additional LFA infestations were identified at private residences
and small farms along the southwest coast of the island. Surveillance surveys sug-
gest that LFA has yet to spread to the neighboring islands of the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), or elsewhere in Micronesia. The spread
of LFA to and throughout Guam is most likely due to human transport of infested
plant material from LFA infested areas of Hawaii, Australia, or the U.S. mainland.
The devastating effects of LFA on agriculture and forest ecosystems observed in
LFA infested areas elsewhere are likely to occur on Guam and other Micronesian
islands infested by LFA. Some LFA infestations on Guam may be eradicable using
control techniques in use in Hawaii and other Pacific Basin countries.
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: Volume 44 - December 2012 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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