Title

European Fire Ant Presence Decreases Native Arboreal Insect Abundance in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Abstract

This study examines the impacts of European fire ants on arboreal insect abundance and diversity in Acadia National Park, Maine. Abundance and diversity were quantified via arboreal pitfall traps that were checked every three days for 21 days from May to June 2009. In areas infested with European fire ants, arboreal insect abundance declined, but arboreal insect species richness remained unchanged. This study illustrates the importance of examining the ecological links between canopies and leaf litter and demonstrates the breadth of impacts that biological invasions can have in an ecosystem.

Department(s)

Biological Sciences

Keywords and Phrases

Community Ecology; Exotic; Formicidae; Invasive Species; Myrmica Rubra

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0885-8608

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Natural Areas Association, All rights reserved.

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