Exotic ants from the Maghreb (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) with first report of the hairy alien ant Nylanderia jaegerskioeldi (Mayr) in Algeria

N. Oussalah, F. Marniche, X. Espadaler, M. Biche

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    Abstract

    © 2019 belongs to the authors. We compiled 16 exotic ant species found in the Maghreb in wild ecosystems, gardens and urban areas. Five of these introduced species are considered major ecological and agricultural household pest species that have become established above all in Morocco. During our investigation in a citrus orchard of ITMAS Heuraoua, Algiers, we detected two exotic ants, Nylanderia jaegerskioeldi (Mayr, 1904) and Strumigenys membranifera Emery, 1869, plus nine native ant species. The Formicinae ant N. jaegerskioeldi is recorded for the first time in Algeria, taking the number of exotic ants in the country to 11. This is the fourth known record in North Africa. A brief comparison between the exotic ant fauna of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and neighboring countries highlights the need to improve the limited knowledge of ants in North Africa.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-58
    JournalArxius de Miscellania Zoologica
    Volume17
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • Maghreb
    • Nylanderia jaegerskioeldi
    • Queen
    • Tramp ants

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