Red Imported Fire Ants: A threat to eastern Australia's wildlife?


  • Shane Moloney,

  • Cas Vanderwoude

  • This review was prepared by Shane Moloney and Cas Vanderwoude as part of their work with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Fire Ant Control Centre (PO Box 1241 Oxley, 4075 Qld, Australia. Email: Its purpose is to collate information on the species to better support the current efforts to control this newly introduced pest species.


The discovery of the Red Imported Fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) in Brisbane on 22 February 2001 sent shock waves through urban and rural communities alike. This article is an attempt to address the often repeated question ‘What will become of Australia's unique fauna if they spread along Australia's eastern seaboard?