Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Naturalis’ fieldwork on Sint Eustatius

Photos: Jeroen van der Brugge and Berry van der Hoorn

Ants of the Dutch Caribbean

Sytske de Waart - 26 July 2021
Peter Boer gives a presentation about ants on Aruba to the staff of Arikok National Park / Photo: Peter Boer

Between 2015 and 2020, researchers from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center updated the local ant species lists for the Dutch Caribbean. A large number of new species were documented, including 40 new species on Saba and 32 new species on Aruba. Understanding ant populations for these islands puts us one step closer to unlocking the complexities of the Dutch Caribbean’s unique ecosystems. 

References: 

DCNA, 4 juni 2021. Ants of the Dutch Caribbean. Bionews, editie 43. [link]