Ant Research Roundup

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Kaspari et al. discover that coastal ants avoid salt while inland ants can’t get enough.

Kaspari, M., Yanoviak, S. P., and Dudley, R. 2008. On the biogeography of salt limitation: a study of ant communities. PNAS early edition


Barry Bolton and Brian Fisher continue their taxonomic work on the African ponerines in a recent issue of Zootaxa.  The paper establishes a new genus, Feroponera.

Bolton, B. & Fisher, B. L. 2008. Afrotropical ants of the ponerine genera Centromyrmex Mayr, Promyopias Santschi gen. rev. and Feroponera gen. n., with a revised key to genera of African ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 1929: 1-37.

Lori Lach and Melissa Thomas review the state of invasive ants in Australia.

Lach, L. and Thomas, M. L. 2008. Invasive ants in Australia: documented and potential ecological consequences. Australian Journal of Entomology 47: 275-288.

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