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Solenopsis invicta

Basic information
Scientific name Solenopsis invicta

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Common names Red imported fire ant, RIFA
Higher taxon Formicidae, Vespoidea, Hymenoptera
Natural range South America.
Habitat Grassland.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Range in Japan
Origin Unintroduced to Japan.
Date Not Introduced to Japan.
Route Accidental introduction (with some kind of transport, with some vector).
Impact Predation, competition against native species.
Native organism(s) affected: Insects.
Regulation in Japan Import, transport and keeping are prohibited in Japan by the Invasive Alien Species Act.
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Hedges S A. (1997). Handbook of Pest Control, 8th Ed. (D. Moreland, ed.) pp. 531-535 Mallis Handbook and Technical Training Company.
  • Tsutsui N. D. and Suarez A. V. (2003) The Colony structure and Population Biology of Invasive Ants. Conservation Biology 17: 48-58.
  • Vinson S.B. (1997) Invasion of the read imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): spread, biology, and impact. American Entomologist 43: 23-39.
  • Morrison et al. (2004) Potential global range expansion of the invasive fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Biological Invasions 6: 183-191.
  • Holway et al. (2002) The causes and consequences of ant invasions. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33: 181-233.
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