Wasmannia


Wasmannia

Taxobox | name = "Wasmannia"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Hymenoptera
familia = Formicidae
subfamilia = Myrmicinae
genus = "Wasmannia"
genus_authority = Forel, 1893

"Wasmannia" is a genus of ants that are social, native to tropical habitats, and haplodiploid, with the reproductive castes (queens and drones) haploid, and the worker caste diploid. They are also known as the "little fire ant" and are considered a destructive invasive species. [ [http://www.issg.org/database/species/search.asp?st=100ss&fr=1&str Global Invasive Species Database - No. 100 - Wasmannia auropunctata] ] [cite web| author = Lowe S, Browne M, Boudjelas S, De Poorter M| title = 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species: A Selection from the Global Invasive Species Database| work = Invasive Species Specialist Group| publisher = IUCN| date = 2004| url = http://www.issg.org/booklet.pdf| format = PDF| accessdate = 2006-08-21] In one species, "W. auropunctata", the males and females have been shown to reproduce clonally. [cite journal | quotes=no |author=D. Fournier, A. Estoup, J. Orivel, J. Foucaud, H. Jourdan, J. Le Breton & L. Keller | title=Clonal reproduction by males and females in the little fire ant | journal=Nature | year=2005 | volume=435 | pages=1230–1234 | doi=10.1038/nature03705]

References

External Links

* [http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/little_fire_ant.htm little fire ant, "Wasmannia auropunctata"] on the UF / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site


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