The Importance of Using Multiple Approaches for Identifying Emerging Invasive Species: The Case of the Rasberry Crazy Ant in the United States
Dietrich Gotzek (1), Sea´n G. Brady (1), Robert J. Kallal (2) , John S. LaPolla (2)
1 Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America,
2 Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, United States of America
The authors of the above publication said that they identified this highly invasive pest species as Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) by using morphometric data measured from 14 characters, molecular sequence data consisting of 4,669 aligned nucleotide sites from six independent loci and comparison with type specimens. For those of you scratching your heads, this just means that not only was classical visual identification techniques used but data at the molecular level was used to genetically compare the various specimen samples.
A proposed common name for Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) may be the Tawny crazy ant among other names being bantered about. We will see. The word "fulva" is Latin for tawny. The ant may be identified now but we are still having issues identifying good control strategies to reduce the numbers of this pest.
|Newly identified Nylanderia fulva (Mayr)|
|Newly identified Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) feeding on honeydew|