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Conservation of biodiversity in an area impacted by the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
  • J. Cook
  • Biology
    Biodiversity & Conservation
  • 1 February 2003
TLDR
A conservation study was conducted at Camp Swift, Bastrop County, Texasto to determine if the red imported fire ant, Solenopsisinvicta, could be selectively managed to protect endemic ant diversity, and resulted in significantly higher ant diversity in the area where S. invicta was managed by prescription bait treatments.
Review of the Biology of Parasitic Insects in the Order Strepsiptera
TLDR
Members of the Strepsiptera exhibit pronounced sexual dimorphism, 2 distinct larval forms, a pupal stage, host manipulation, and morphological characteristics that include many unusual differences from other insects.
Identifying the Regions of Texas Under Sampled for Myrmecofauna
TLDR
This study visually summarized the distribution of known myrmecofauna across Texas to identify counties and ecoregions that are under-surveyed and introduces a collaborative project known as the Ants of Texas (AoT).
Harvester Ant Nests Improve Recovery Performance of Drought Impacted Vegetation in Grazing Regimes of Semiarid Savanna, Texas
TLDR
The observations suggest that red harvester ant nests may serve as drought refugia for grass survival and a seed source for recovering grass populations after drought in semiarid savannas.
Two new species of Halictophagus (Strepsiptera, Halictophagidae) from the Dominican Republic.
  • J. Cook
  • Biology, Medicine
    Zootaxa
  • 8 March 2013
TLDR
The stout and heavily-sclerotized mandibles of H. trigonodontos and H. dominicus have sclerotizing mandibles, as do other previously describes Halictophagus species.
New Host Association, Distribution, and Morphological Variation in Caenocholax fenyesi (Strepsiptera: Myrmecolacidae)
TLDR
Noted variation in aedeagus morphology from this study and previous evidence of genetic differences suggests that C. fenyesi, which is currently recognized as a monotypic species, is most likely a species complex.
Composition of Gyrinid Aggregations in the East Texas Primitive Big Thicket (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae)
TLDR
In the Big Thicket region of east Texas, gyrinids are most commonly found in species aggregations and were rarely collected in as single species groups.
Review of the genus Mengenilla hofeneder 1910 (Strepsiptera: Mengenillidae), with description of a new species from Madagascar
TLDR
The species and history of the genus are reviewed and many characters are illustrated, and a revised key is provided that includes all currently recognized species.
Molecular- and culture-based comparison of the effects of antimicrobial agents on bacterial survival in infected dentinal tubules.
TLDR
2% CHX treatment followed by obturation was more effective in removing E faecalis DNA than placement of Ca(OH)(2) or immediate obTuration.
Introducing Phorid Fly Parasitoids of Red Imported Fire Ant Workers from South America to Texas: Outcomes Vary by Region and by Pseudacteon Species Released
TLDR
Pseudacteon that established more easily in mesic and moderate climates has difficulty surviving unfavorable weather in South Texas, and two sites where flies “failed” to become established were revealed to be false negatives after the record rains of summer 2007.
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