An Overview of the Red Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Mainland China

  title={An Overview of the Red Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Mainland China},
  author={Runzhi Zhang and Yingchao Li and Ningwu Liu and Sanford D. Porter},
Abstract The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren is a serious invasive insect that is native to South America. Its presence was officially announced in mainland China in Jan 2005. To date, it has been identified in 4 provinces in mainland China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Fujian) in a total of 31 municipal districts. The total area reported to be infested by S. invicta in late 2006 was about 7,120 ha, mainly in Guangdong Province (6,332 ha). Most of the reported human stings are in… 

Establishment and Social Impacts of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Taiwan

RIFA is well adapted to the environmental conditions in Taiwan, which makes it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to eradicate, and the management of RIFA in the future should focus on lowering the speed of spread to mitigate possible dangers to the inhabitants.

The current status of research on Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Mainland China

A series of studies on this serious invasive pest, including research on reproductive biology and ecology, ecosystem impacts, quarantine techniques, potential distribution and risk of spread, besides monitoring and management techniques are summarized.

Red Imported Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta Buren

Since it was found in Taiwan and mainland, the spread of red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren into China has been continuous. In order to achieve better control of this pest, science and

Prediction of Spatiotemporal Invasive Risk by the Red Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in South Korea

In this study, we analyzed the potential distribution of red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in response to climate change in South Korea using CLIMEX, a

Eradication and Control Strategies for Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) in Taiwan

Invasive alien species are one of the major threats to biological diversity, public safety, agriculture, and economics. In recent years, a new wave of the red imported fire ant (RIFA) has been

Invasion history of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Fujian, China based on mitochondrial DNA and its implications in development of a control strategy

Mitochondrial data reveals that the invasion history of S. invicta in Fujian Province is complex, including multiple invasions probably from other provinces within China.

Exotic spread of Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) beyond North America

This more recent exotic spread of the South America fire ant S. invicta beyond North America is examined, reporting new West Indian records and questioning some Asian records.

Effects of Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) on the Species Structure of Ant Communities in South China

Ant species richness was reduced by 46 and 33% at RIFA-infested lawn and pasture habitats, respectively; however, the ant species richness in the lichee orchard was not affected by red imported fire ants.

Ecological and socio-economic impacts of the red import fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), on urban agricultural ecosystems

The agricultural impacts of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren 1972, have been well studied in North America, but have received less emphasis in Asia where the species was first

Identification of Key Genes for the Precise Classification between Solenopsis invicta and S. geminata Facilitating the Quarantine Process

A key molecular marker is developed to distinguish S. invicta from others using the whole genome sequence (WGS) of collected S.invicta and S. geminata and the consolidated genotypes of Solenopsis genus successfully indicate the distinguishable gene.



Study on expansion pattern of red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, in South China.

【Objective】Red imported fire ant (RIFA) Solenopsis invicta Buren, a famous dangerous alien species in the world, was found to infest firstly at Wuchuan, Guangdong, China’s mainland in September 28,

An introduction and strict precautions against red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, for its potential invasion to the mainland of China.

The paper gives an introduction of the fire ant including its morphological characters for identification, biological and invasive characters and control methods.

Invasion,Damages and Prevention of Red Imported Fire Ant

As a dangerous invasive pest, red imported fire ant (RIFA) has invaded into USA, Porto Rico, New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan. Recently, the ant has also been found in Wuchuan of Guangdong province

Potential Global Range Expansion of the Invasive Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta

A dynamic, ecophysiological model of colony growth is used to predict the potential global range expansion of this invasive species, S. invicta, which has diverse detrimental impacts on recipient communities and has the potential to colonize numerous other regions.


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Considerations and suggestions on managing the red imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren in China

Focusing on the infestation and major problems existed in managing the red imported fire ant (RIFA), Solenopsis invicta Buren in China, strategies and tactics to reduce or control the destruction and

Morphological Characteristic and Identification of Red Fire Ant in Wuchuan,Guangdong

There are many same morphological characteristics between red fire ant in Wuchuan,Guangdong and introduced Solenopsis invicta.

Introduction of Harm of Red Imported Fire Ant to People and Its Control Measures

Red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, a dangerous invasive pest is now occurring in Hongkong and Taiwan of China. The invasive danger is hanging over the mainland of China and the other

A prediction of potential distribution area of Solenopsis invicta in China.

  • X. Da
  • Environmental Science
  • 2005
Both CLIMEX and GARP methods were used to predict the potential distribution area of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren in China. The results show that this ant could distribute in