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Research Project: Biology and Control of Invasive Ants

Location: Biological Control of Pests Research

Title: Report of complete chromosome-level genome assembly of the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

item Allen, Margaret - Meg
item Miles, Godfrey
item Saelao, Perot
item CROSS, DAVID - Mississippi State University
item HILL, JOVONN - Mississippi State University
item VARGO, EDWARD - Texas A&M University
item Grodowitz, Michael

Submitted to: Genbank
Publication Type: Database / Dataset
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/20/2022
Publication Date: 8/1/2022
Citation: Allen, M.L., Miles, G.P., Saelao, P., Cross, D., Hill, J., Vargo, E., Grodowitz, M.J. 2022. Report of complete chromosome-level genome assembly of the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genbank. Available at

Interpretive Summary: The tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) has a native range that extends from northern India to East Asia. In 2002 this ant was identified in North America, posing an invasive threat to native flora and fauna and human structures. In its invasive range it has been reported to displace another invasive species, the red imported fire ant. The specimens used for genome sequencing were obtained from the coastal region of Mississippi. DNA was extracted from pupae. This high-quality chromosome level genome assembly is being released prior to publication in scientific journals as a public service to the research community.

Technical Abstract: A genome data set for the tawny crazy ant was deposited to the National Center for Biotechnology Information as submission ID: SUB10775679. Projtet ID: PRJNA796544, Accession IDs:SAMN24895442 and JAKFQQ000000000. The organism name is Nylanderia fulva(Mayr, 1862), taxid:613905. Locus tag perfixes are L1K79. this ant is a US invasive insect species. The assembly, USDA_Nfulva-1.0 was generated in collaboration with Dovetail Genomics, now CantataBio, to yield a contig assembly of 375 Mb with a 15.67 Mb M50 with 78X coverage and revealing 16 putative chromosomes.