The Causes and Consequences of Ant Invasions

  title={The Causes and Consequences of Ant Invasions},
  author={David A. Holway and Lori Lach and Andrew V. Suarez and Neil Durie Tsutsui and Ted J. Case},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • D. HolwayL. Lach T. Case
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Invasions by non-native ants are an ecologically destructive phenomenon affecting both continental and island ecosystems throughout the world. Invasive ants often become highly abundant in their introduced range and can outnumber native ants. These numerical disparities underlie the competitive asymmetry between invasive ants and native ants and result from a complex interplay of behavioral, ecological, and genetic factors. Reductions in the diversity and abundance of native ants resulting from… 

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