Antbase now provides for the first time access to all the ant species of the world, one of the ecologically most important groups of animals worldwide. Antbase is a collaborative effort between scientists from around the world, aiming at providing the best possible access to the wealth of information on ants, to fulfil the conservation needs of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI), and the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
The IUCN Red List includes 152 ants, considered at least vulnerable. Most of the species are data deficient, i.e. only little data on their abundance and distribution is known. However, especially the social parasitic life style makes them strong candidates for the Red List.
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