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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 10, e010012, pages 1-6, online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

First record of the emerging global pest Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr 1868 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from continental Asia

BENOIT GUÉNARD

School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Article first published online 31/December/2018

DOI: 10.20362/am.010012

Asian Myrmecology 10: e010011 (1-12)

© B. Guénard

Abstract:The first record of the exotic ant Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr 1868 from continental Asia is here presented. Specimens collected from an urban environment in Hong Kong coupled with recent surveys suggest an early stage in the invasion process. The summary of recent records shows that the introduced range of this species is quickly increasing globally and biologists in Asia should remain vigilant to detect it. In Hong Kong, measures to identify its overall spread and to eradicate this species, which is considered as a major pest, should be quickly implemented.

Keywords: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, Hong Kong, Tropical Asia, Introduction, Urban Ecosystems, Tramp Ant.

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