Ant surveys assist in filling knowledge gap

Ant nest at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park | Photo Michael Nelson

Ant nest at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park | Photo Michael Nelson

Ants are the most abundant invertebrates in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park yet we know very little about them. So we were very excited this September to begin our very first ant survey!

Surveys were undertaken across 25 sites in the park using mini-pitfall traps.  The results will assist in filling a critical knowledge gap about the park’s biodiversity. Looking closely at ants helps us detect invasive species and understand the importance of ants to ecosystem health.

 

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