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Boland, C.R.J., Smith, M.J., Maple D.J., Tiernan, B., Barr, R., Reeves, R., and Napier, F. (2011). Heli-baiting using low concentration fipronil to control invasive yellow crazy ant supercolonies on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. 152-156 In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds.). 2011.  Island invasives: eradication and management. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

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Hoffmann, B.D., Auina, S., and Stanley, M.C. (2014). Targeted Research to Improve Invasive Species Management: Yellow Crazy Ant Anoplolepis gracilipes in Samoa. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95301.

O'Dowd D.J., Green P.T., and Lake P.S. (2003). Invasional 'meltdown' on an oceanic island. Ecology Letters 6: 812--817.

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Photo by: Rob Hille

Yellow Crazy Ant
Based on photo by: John Tann

Photo by: Flickr user thinboyfatter

Wooroonooran Josephine Falls
Photo by: Wikimedia user LecomteB

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