Behaviourally and genetically distinct populations of an invasive ant provide insight into invasion history and impacts on a tropical ant community

@article{Abbott2006BehaviourallyAG,
  title={Behaviourally and genetically distinct populations of an invasive ant provide insight into invasion history and impacts on a tropical ant community},
  author={Kirsti L. Abbott and Stephanie N J Greaves and Peter A. Ritchie and Philip J Lester},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2006},
  volume={9},
  pages={453-463}
}
Populations of invasive species often exhibit a high degree of spatial and temporal variability in abundance and hence their effects on resident communities. Here, we examine behavioural, genetic and environmental factors that influence variation in populations of the yellow crazy ant, Anoplolepis gracilipes, on the remote Nukunonu Atoll of Tokelau, Pacific Ocean. Behavioural assays revealed high levels of aggression between two groups of yellow crazy ants from different islands, and genetic… CONTINUE READING
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