A mutualism with a native membracid facilitates pollinator displacement by Argentine ants.

@article{Lach2007AMW,
  title={A mutualism with a native membracid facilitates pollinator displacement by Argentine ants.},
  author={Lori Lach},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={88 8},
  pages={
          1994-2004
        }
}
The loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services are major threats posed by the spread of alien invasive species. Invasive ants are frequently associated with declines in the diversity of ground-dwelling arthropods but also may affect plants through their attraction to floral nectar and tending of hemipterans. Protea nitida is a tree native to the South African fynbos that hosts a native membracid, Beaufortiana sp., which is tended by ants. Here I compare Argentine ants (Linepithema… CONTINUE READING
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