The rise and fall of yellow crazy ants on Christmas Island

Date & time

10 March 2011


 William Foley
 6125 2866


Thursday 10 March 2011, 1pm

Dr Chris Boland
DPIPWE Tasmania

Gould Seminar Rm, Building 116, Daley Rd, ANU

Yellow Crazy Ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) (one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species) were introduced to Christmas Island around 1935 where they existed in very low densities for several decades. However, in the late 1990s the ants started to form a mutualistic association with introduced, sap-sucking scale insects.

In this talk, I describe the impacts and control of yellow crazy ants on Christmas Island in the light of the biodiversity crisis affecting this remarkable external Australian territory in the middle of Indian Ocean.

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