last updated 25.Aug.2007
Wasmannia is a genus of tiny myrmicine ants native to forests of Central and South America. The group contains several poorly-known species and one major pest, the little fire ant W. auropunctata. Human commerce has introduced the little fire ant to warmer regions around the globe, where the ant has been particularly damaging on oceanic islands. Wasmannia auropunctata quickly overruns island fauna, causing declines in the native animal populations, including such species as the famed Galápagos tortoise.