Ethiopian ants could spread worldwide and wipe out natives – Irish Times

A dominant new ant species has emerged in Ethiopia with the potential to distribute itself around the globe and form “supercolonies”, wiping out native ants as it spreads.

This could make the African country the “ground zero” for a dominant ant species with high global invasion potential, suggests the scientist who discovered the species, Dr Daniela Magdalena Sorger.

A supercolony emerges when individual nests with their own queens join together in a network. The number of associated colonies can spread out over a very wide area, with the largest supercolony discovered in this region of Ethiopia measuring 38km across, said Dr Sorger, a post doctoral researcher with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Source link

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Add Comment