Solenopsis invicta Buren, 1972 (ITIS)
Red imported fire ant (RIFA)
Solenopsis wagneri Santschi (ITIS)
South America (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)
Probably between 1933 and 1945 (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)
Possibly introduced in ships' ballast (Fitzpatrick et al. 2007)
Can attack and cause painful stings on humans, pets, and livestock (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
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State and Local Government
Fitzpatrick, M.C., J.F. Weltzin, N.J. Sanders, and R.R. Dunn. 2007. The biogeography of prediction error: why does the introduced range of the fire ant over-predict its native range? Global Ecology and Biogeography 16(1):24-33.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Solenopsis invicta. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
Jemal, A., and M. Hugh-Jones. 1993. A review of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) and its impacts on plant, animal, and human health. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 17(1-2):19-32.