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Nonindigenous Ants at High Elevations on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i

Pacific Science
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Abstract

Ant surveys were conducted at high elevations (1680-3140 m) on the western slope of Mauna Kea Volcano on the island of Hawai'i to detennine the extent of ant infestation in those highland communities and particularly to evaluate the potential threat of ants in the highlands to native Hawaiian species. Ants were surveyed at 10 long-tenn sampling sites. Ants were common on Mauna Kea up to 2000 m elevation, but densities quickly dropped off above that. Five species of ants were collected: Linepithema humile (Mayr), Cardiocondyla venustula Wheeler, Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius), Tetramorium bicarinatum (Nylander), and Monomorium pharaonis (Linnaeus). Other than L. humile, these collections on Mauna Kea are the highest recorded locales in the Hawaiian Islands.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nonindigenous Ants at High Elevations on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i
Series title Pacific Science
Volume 52
Issue 3
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher Pacific Science Association
Publisher location Honolulu, HI
Contributing office(s) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description 9 p.
First page 228
Last page 236
Country United States
State Hawaii
Other Geospatial Mauna Kea
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