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non native ant law

Post: # 16887Post Diggorysummers
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:37 pm

My friend is looking for messor barbarous in the uk I told him that they are not native to the uk and he keeps looking, he finds someone selling in the uk near him who is a mrmycoligist and owns several different species of ants. can he legally buy messor (a non native ant species) in the uk if he is not shipping the ants.

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Re: non native ant law

Post: # 16888Post Martialis
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:44 pm

While if is ecologically irresponsible, yes.
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Re: non native ant law

Post: # 16923Post Serafine
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:11 pm

Yes, in Europe most ants can be traded legally (with a few exceptions).
Also the UK has a particularly limited amount of native genera (no Camponotus, no Messor) that makes it hard to find anything that is not Lasius, Tetramorium, Formica or Myrmica.
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Re: non native ant law

Post: # 16926Post Martialis
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:26 pm

Not necessarily. There's over 60 species present.
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Re: non native ant law

Post: # 16928Post Serafine
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:39 pm

Yep, and most of them are either Lasius, Formica, Myrmica, Temnothorax or Tetramorium. Although that doesn't necessarily say something about their availability (like there's only few Tetramorium species but they're probably very common around human settlements). But many common european genera are missing entirely.
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Post: # 16934Post Martialis
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:24 pm

Most likely because it's an island.
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