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Technomyrmex albipes
(Formicidae)

 
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Species description or overview

Those pesky tramp ants (Pest Control Technology Online)
Polygyny, monomorphism, and colony dispersal by budding and fission allow tramp ant species to succesfully invade new territories. These and other characteristics that benefit tramp ants are discussed in this article.

Technomyrmex albipes overview from the Crop Knowledge Master
Biology, behavior, and management of Technomyrmex albipes are covered in this overview from the University of Hawaii.

Technomyrmex albipes description and ecology from GISD (ISSG)
A species description and information about the ecology of Technomyrmex albipes as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

Technomyrmex albipes overview from ISSG
The ecology, distribution, habitat, and management of Technomyrmex albipes are presented in this Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) site.


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Technomyrmex albipes information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Technomyrmex albipes, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Technomyrmex albipes (Smith, 1861) taxonomy from ITIS
ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System, lists taxonomic data for Technomyrmex albipes and allows searches of other databases.


Identification

Key to ant species in Hawaii
13 physical characteristics are the basis of this computer-assisted key for identifying the 48 species of ants in Hawaii.


Impacts

Technomyrmex albipes impact information from GISD (ISSG)
Impact information regarding Technomyrmex albipes as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

The fitness consequences of bearing domatia and having the right ant partner: experiments with protective and non-protective ants in a semi-myrmecophyte.
Technomyrmex albipes was the only ant to provide efficient anti-herbivore protection to the leaves of its host tree, due to its greater patrolling density and consequent shorter lag time in attacking the herbivorous larvae.


Prevention

Change in Quarantine Action Policy for Ants Intercepted from Commodities Destined to the State of Hawaii
A policy change regarding quarantine action for ants intercepted from commodities in Hawaii is detailed here. The revised policy went into effect 10 April 2002.


Control methods

Technomyrmex albipes management information from GISD (ISSG)
Management information for Technomyrmex albipes as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

Review of the efficacy of baits used for ant control and eradication
Ant species have varying responses to toxins and baits used for their control. This extensive review of published reports is a preamble to the development of recommendations for New Zealand.


Images

Technomyrmex albipes images (Starr)
Images of Technomyrmex albipes (Formicidae) (white footed ant are provided by from Forest and Kim Starr.

Technomyrmex albipes images and description from JAnt
Images of Technomyrmex albipes, its description and distribution in Japan are on this Japanese Ant Database page.

Technomyrmex albipes images from AntWeb
This AntWeb site allows comparisons of close-up images of individuals within the species Technomyrmex albipes.

Ants in Hawaii images
Images of many ant species found in Hawaii are on this page of photos taken by Neil Reimer, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture.


Distribution

Ants from Moorea, Society Islands (American Museum of Natural History, 1908)
In 1906-1907, 13 ant species were collected for the American Museum on the island of Moorea (Eimeo), near Tahiti. Some of the species are listed by outdated names.

Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy (2000) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The status of invasive plants, vertebrates, arthropods, molluscs, and crustaceans, and options for a regional invasive species strategy for the South Pacific are presented in this series of articles from the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 2000.

New arthropod records from Kahoolawe (Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 2004) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
New island records of a variety of arthropods collected on Kahoolawe are reported here.

Technomyrmex albipes worldwide distribution from GISD (ISSG)
Worldwide distribution information about Technomyrmex albipes is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Books

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.


Full-text articles

Pacific Ant Prevention Plan View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
This proposal was prepared by ISSG for the Pacific Plant Protection Organization and Regional Technical Meeting For Plant Protection in March 2004.

Bait preferences and toxicity of insecticides to white-footed ants Technomyrmex albipes (MS thesis) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The efficacy of numerous toxic baits for controlling white-footed ants is reported in this MS thesis from the University of Florida (J. Warner, 2003).

Baits, residual insecticides, and an ultrasonic device for control of white-footed ants, Technomyrmex albipes View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Certain baits were highly effective against Technomyrmex albipes, whereas other methods of control, including the ultasonic device, were unsatisfactory (Sociobiology, 2005).

Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy
South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Sherley, Greg (ed.) . 2000. Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy. Apia, Samoa: South Pacific Regional Environment Programme. ISBN: 982-04-0214-X.

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.

The role of opportunity in the unintentional introduction of nonnative ants (Proceedings National Academy of Science)
The authors study ant species unintentionally transported into the US and relate opportunity and species-level ecological attributes to the probability of establishment.


Experts

Technomyrmex albipes contacts from GISD (ISSG)
Contact information for experts on Technomyrmex albipes as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Discussion forums

Pacific Ant Group e-mail list (PAG-L@HAWAII.EDU)
The Pacific Ant Group discussion forum facilitates communication toward preventing establishment of Red Imported fire ant and other invasive ants on Pacific islands.


Other resources

Technomyrmex albipes references from GISD (ISSG)
References regarding Technomyrmex albipes as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


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