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Ecol Appl. 2006 Oct;16(5):1832-41.

Niche differentiation and fine-scale projections for Argentine ants based on remotely sensed data.

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  • 1Department de Ciències Ambientals, Universitat de Girona, Catalonia, Spain. nuri.roura@udg.es

Abstract

Modeling ecological niches of species is a promising approach for predicting the geographic potential of invasive species in new environments. Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) rank among the most successful invasive species: native to South America, they have invaded broad areas worldwide. Despite their widespread success, little is known about what makes an area susceptible--or not--to invasion. Here, we use a genetic algorithm approach to ecological niche modeling based on high-resolution remote-sensing data to examine the roles of niche similarity and difference in predicting invasions by this species. Our comparisons support a picture of general conservatism of the species' ecological characteristics, in spite of distinct geographic and community contexts.

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