|Argentine ant||Status LU: absent.|
|Argentinesch Seechomes||Status Eur.: established.|
|Fourmi d’Argentine||RA: ISEIA: C0. Harmonia+: n/a.|
|Argentinische Ameise||Wikipedia: | Wikispecies: | CABI|
|Argentijnse plaagmier||Back to the list of invertebrates|
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→ Report Linepithema humile to the National Museum of Natural History.
Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868) is one of the most invasive and problematic ant species in the world according to the Invasive Species Specialist Group (www.issg.org/database). Native to South America, it has spread worldwide in areas with Mediterranean-type climates usually associated with disturbed habitats as a result of human commercial activities. Its capacity to tolerate a wide range of abiotic conditions, its generalist dietary requirements and its unicolonial organization, which lead to the formation of large supercolonies, allow the species to spread easily and occupy a wide range of areas. In these areas, L. humile has impacted native ant faunas leading to changes in arthropod communities, ant-vertebrate interactions and ant-plant relationships. Its presence has also had economic effects, such as damage to infrastructure, and negative effects on crops and plantations due to its mutualistic interactions with hemipterans, which can affect the growth and production of the host plant (CABI 2019).
Status and distribution in Luxembourg
The species hasn’t been observed in Luxembourg so far (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020).
C0 (3+1+2+2) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).
Not assessed yet.
- CABI, 2019. Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868). In: Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. URL: www.cabi.org/isc [accessed 2020-04-10]
- MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020. Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868) in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: https://mdata.mnhn.lu [accessed 2020-04-10]
- Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
Suggested citation of this webpage
Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2021. Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868). In: neobiota.lu - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: https://neobiota.lu/linepithema-humile/ [Accessed 2021-10-21].