Invertebrates, such as ants, play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystem function.
Invertebrates play a critical role
CSIRO is developing a predictive understanding of ant productivity, behavioural dominance and community dynamics globally.
Invertebrates are the 'backbone of biodiversity', representing the vast majority of the world's animal species. They are also the 'little creatures that run the world' playing critical roles in the functioning of ecosystems.
Ants represent greater than 20 per cent of terrestrial faunal biomass globally, and are the most important invertebrate group in northern Australia.
Ant diversity in Australia is exceptionally high by world standards, particularly in arid environments, where more than 100 ant species commonly occur within a single hectare.
Understanding ants in northern Australia
By understanding ants we can better understand the ecosystems of northern Australia.
CSIRO's research seeks to improve understanding of:
- the systematics and biogeography of the Australian ant fauna
- ant community dynamics
- the use of ants as bio-indicators in land management
- the ecology and management of invasive species.
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