What would happen if ants went extinct?

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What would happen if ants went extinct?
« on: 01/12/2015 13:50:02 »
Vasco Almeida asked the Naked Scientists:
   What would happen if ants went extinct?
What do you think?
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Re: What would happen if ants went extinct?
« Reply #1 on: 07/12/2015 11:15:53 »
For starters, ant eaters would soon follow, or turn to a diet of termites, thus putting them at risk.

How many ants are there in the world? Billions? Trillions? Quadrillions? Quintillions?

There are more than 12,000 species of ant. Some are farmers, some foragers, such as the Bullet Ant, said to have the most painful of all stings and some are predators, such as the notorious Army Ants, of which there are over 200 species.

Some ants carry out important tilling of the soil, some are important pollinators and some seed dispersers. Some plants supply a rich source of nectar for ants, in return for which the ants protect the plant from being grazed by caterpillars and the like.

If any species goes extinct, it will have subsequence's for other species. If an entire family such as the ants (Formicidae) were to become extinct, it could have catastrophic consequences for 1,000's of other species.
« Last Edit: 07/12/2015 11:17:50 by Don_1 »
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