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H. W Herrera, L. Baert, W. Dekoninck, C. E Causton, C. R Sevilla, P. Pozo, and F. Hendrickx (2020)

Distribution and habitat preferences of Galápagos ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Belgian Journal of Entomology, 93:1-60.

We present the first comprehensive review of the ant taxa of the Galápagos archipelago. The review is based on data gathered during literature searches, field surveys, and the revision of museum specimens, and includes information on the distribution, habitat, and ecology of 47 species. At least nine of these species are assumed to be native or endemic to the islands and at least 32 species have been introduced through human-associated pathways. The status of the remaining six species is unknown. The information compiled in this study will allow us to better understand the ecological role of indigenous species and their potential as indicators of ecosystem health. Baseline information on the distribution of introduced ants will be indispensable for assessing impact and spread within the archipelago.
Formicidae, Galápagos Islands, habitat preference.
  • ISSN: 1374-5514 (Print) 2295-0214 (Online)