INCREASED INCIDENCE OF RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) PRESENCE IN LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (TESTUDINES: CHELONIIDAE) NESTS AND OBSERVATIONS OF HATCHLING MORTALITY

@inproceedings{Parris2002INCREASEDIO,
  title={INCREASED INCIDENCE OF RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) PRESENCE IN LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (TESTUDINES: CHELONIIDAE) NESTS AND OBSERVATIONS OF HATCHLING MORTALITY},
  author={Leslie B. Parris and Margaret M Lamont and Raymond R. Carthy},
  year={2002}
}
Red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren, were introduced to North America in the 1930s (Buren 1972). Since their introduction, fire ant distribution and abundance has continued to increase dramatically. Fire ants have infested more than one hundred million hectares and expanded their range throughout most of the southeastern United States (Callcott & Collins 1996). Fire ants are an omnivorous and opportunistic species, and are often aggressive predators and competitors of native… CONTINUE READING
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