Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


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Published in THE TEXAS JOURNAL OF SCIENCE-VOL. 46, NO. 1, 1994


We reviewed the past 50 years of literature concerning red imported fire ant impacts on wildlife species. The red imported fire ant has had a negative impact on numerous species of wildlife. However, experimental evidence of population-level impacts is meager. We discuss potential fire ant perturbations and suggest research directions that may settle the long-standing controversy concerning the impact of imported fire ants on native vertebrates and the ecosystems they have invaded.