Non-Native Animals

Anoplolepis gracilipes

Yellow Crazy Ant
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SSN 53911
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Taxonomy

The taxanomic status is pending for approval

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Description

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) or also known as the long-legged ant is a species of ant which is believed to have originated in West Africa. This non-native species is one of the biggest invasive ant species ranging between 1 and 2 cm in size. It is called "crazy" because of its erratic movements when disturbed. It can easily be recognised by its long legs and extremely long antennal scapes, distinct yellowish colour and more compact petiole compared to Oecophylla smaragdina which also known as the weaver ant or kerengga (Nur-Zati & Ong, 2017).

This species is known to be ready invaders of disturbed habitats such as urban areas, forest edges or agricultural fields. It is easily adapted to and becomes dominant in new habitats due to its traits, such as aggression towards other ant species, efficient recruitment, and large colony size. In Malaysia, even though A. gracilipes has established colonies in urban areas and some disturbed forests, it has yet to invade our natural forest. It is believed that this ant species has not been able to invade our natural forest because it prefers hot and exposed areas unlike the closed, wet and humid environment of our natural forest (Nur-Zati & Ong, 2017). 

Location

by State Location
  • Johore 1
  • Negeri Sembilan 1
  • Pahang 1
Based on publications, specimens, and images

Biodiversity Experts

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Aishah Hani Azil (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Insects
  • Mosquitoes
  • Biodiversity
  • Medical
  • Science
Azidah Abdul Aziz (Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Insects (Taxonomy)
  • Biodiversity
  • PM
Fatimah Abang (Prof. Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • Insects
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine & Coastal
  • SBH
  • SWK
Heo Chong Chin (Dr.)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Medical
  • Science
  • PM
  • SBH
  • SWK
Khaironizam Md Zain (Dr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Fishes
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Science
  • PM
Liew Thor Seng (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  • Insects
  • Molluscs
  • Biodiversity
  • Data Analysis
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • PM
  • SBH
  • SWK
  • SEA
Nivaarani Arumugam (Ms.)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Forest
  • PM
  • SBH
Noor Azrizal Bin Abdul Wahid (Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Insects
  • Molecular
  • Systematics
  • Evolution
  • Parasitology
  • Entomology
  • PM
Raja Muhammad Zuha (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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  • Education
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  • PM
Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Mammals (Ecology)
  • Spiders
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Protected Areas
  • PM
  • W
Suhaila Abd Hamid (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Insects
  • Insects (Taxonomy)
  • Insects (Ecology)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Water
  • PM
Tan Li Peng (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
  • Arachnids
  • Insects
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest
  • PM
PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

Article
  1. Aziz, S.A., McConkey, K.R., Tanalgo, K, Sritongchuay, T., Low, M.R., Ong, J.Y., Mildenstein, TL, Nuevo-Diego, CE, Lim, V.C. & Racey, P.A. (2021). The Critical Importance of Old World Fruit Bats for Healthy Ecosystems and Economies. Front. Ecol. Evol. 9 — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]
  2. Noor Izwan, A. & Ahmad, A. (2015). Estimating Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Diversity of Tasek Bera Ramsar Site, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Wildlife and Parks 30: pp. 1-13
  3. O'Dowd, D. (1999). Crazy and Attack. Wingspan 9 (2): pp. 7
Book
  1. 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species A selection from the Global Invasive Species Database, 2000. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG). — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]
  2. Mohamed, M., David, M.C & Fadhil, A.R (2017). Insects Of Gunung Ledang, Johor, Malaysia. Penerbit UTHM.
  3. Hazebroek, H.P., Adlin, T.Z. & Sinun, W. (2011). Danum Valley: The Rain Forest. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Malaysia. pp. 615.

Acknowledgements :- Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Ms. Farhah Zahirah Binti Zuhaimi, Mrs. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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