Biogeographic and Taxonomic Patterns of Introduced Ants

Andrew V. Suarez, Terrence P. McGlynn, Neil D. Tsutsui

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Predicting which species will invade and which areas will be invaded are primary goals of the study of biological invasions. Moving beyond the single species approach and investigating patterns of ant species movement into new areas, biogeographic patterns of invasion, and systematic perspectives on the evolutionary correlates of success will bring us closer to achieving these goals. Ants are poor long-distance dispersers and have adaptations that facilitate human-mediated dispersal. Biogeographically, most invasive ants originate in South America, and oceanic islands appear to be most susceptible to invasion by ants. Very little is known about taxonomic or phylogenetic patterns in the origin of invasiveness, but it appears that establishment probability is proportional to subfamily species richness. Our ability to predict and prevent future invasions will be strengthened by both biogeographic and phylogenetic approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnt Ecology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720192
ISBN (Print)9780199544639
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010


  • Human-mediated dispersal
  • Invasion
  • Oceanic islands
  • Origin of invasiveness
  • Phylogenetic patterns
  • Prediction
  • Taxonomic patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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