An Acrobat Ant, Crematogaster obscurata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Poses an Unusual Conservation Question in the Florida Keys

Mark Deyrup


A small population of the Neotropical acrobat ant Crematogaster obscurata has survived a series of hurricanes on West Summerland Key, Monroe County, Florida. This is the only known U.S. population of this apparently innocuous species. If the exotic status and limited range of the Florida population is confirmed, it would be prudent to attempt to eradicate it, using insecticidal baits applied to the trees where colonies occur.

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