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Did alien ants initiate a population explosion of a coccoid plant pest on an islet in the Coral Sea?

Greenslade, Penelope

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The composition of the ant fauna of a Coral Sea islet, North East Herald Cay, is reported for several years from 1995 to 2007. A major change in composition was first noted in 2007 but probably occurred earlier. Tetramorium lanuginosum, present in 1997 and in previous years, was not found in 2007. Instead, Tetramorium bicarinatum, recorded for the first time in 2006, was abundant in 2007. This change, together with drier conditions, may have initiated a population explosion of a pest coccoid...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64775
Source: Journal of Insect Conservation: an international journal devoted to the conservation of insects
DOI: 10.1007/s10841-010-9268-4

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