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Author: LeBrun, Edward
Phone: 512-471-2825
Organization: Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin
Address: Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Austin, TX, 78704

Abstract Title: ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF THE IMPORTED CRAZY ANT INVASION: COMPETITION WITH OTHER ANTS. Edward G. LeBrun, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Abstract Text: A recently introduced, ecologically dominant, exotic ant species, tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), is invading the Southeastern United States and Texas. At high densities, N. fulva eliminates imported fire ants, and reduces the abundance and species richness of the native ant assemblage. Similarly, it reduces non-ant arthropod species richness and abundance with impacts differing by trophic category. This talk will describe the impacts of this invader on native arthropod assemblages and competition between this species and co-occurring ants.

Year: TIPPC_2014
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Presenter Type (Student or Regular): Regular
Session: 4. Research
Submission Date: 2014-01-14