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Anoplolepis gracilipes (yellow crazy ant)

Synonyms: Anoplolepis longipes

Wikipedia Abstract

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, introduced accidentally to northern Australia and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, that has caused ecological damage in both locations and now found in the northern suburbs of Brisbane.It is colloquially called "crazy" because of its erratic movements when disturbed. Its long legs and antennae make it one of the largest invasive ant species in the world.
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Invasive Species

Anoplolepis gracilipes (so called because of their frenetic movements) have invaded native ecosystems and caused environmental damage from Hawaii to the Seychelles and Zanzibar. On Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, they have formed multi-queen supercolonies. They are also decimating the red land crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) populations. Crazy ants also prey on, or interfere in, the reproduction of a variety of arthropods, reptiles, birds and mammals on the forest floor and canopy. Their ability to farm and protect sap-sucking scale insects, which damage the forest canopy on Christmas Island, is one of their more surprising attributes. Although less than 5% of the rainforest on Christmas Island has been invaded so far, scientists are concerned that endangered birds such as the Abbott
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Manis javanica (Sunda Pangolin)[1]

External References



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1Ecological Research and Conservation of Sunda Pangolin Manis javanica in Singapore, Norman T-L. LIM, Proceedings of the Workshop on Trade and Conservation of Pangolins Native to South and Southeast Asia, eds. S. Pantel and S.Y. Chin, 2008, p. 90-93
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