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  • Toxicology of red imported fire ant venom

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    The toxicology of fire ant venom is relatively well studied. The venom plays a central role in the biology of Red imported fire ants, such as in capturing prey, and in defending itself from competitors, assailants, and diseases. Some 14 million people are stung annually in the United States, suffering reactions that vary from mild discomfort, to pustule formation, swelling, and in rare cases, systemic reactions followed by anaphylactic shock. Fire ant venoms are mainly composed (>95%) of a complex mixture of insoluble alkaloids added to a watery solution of toxic proteins. For the Red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren there are currently 46 described proteins, of which four are well-characterised as potent allergens.

  • Invicta Watch Group

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    Invicta Ocean Ghost (2008)Invicta Watch Group is a Swiss watch company which trades under the name "Invicta Watch Company". Invicta claims that its brand was founded in 1837 by Raphael Picard in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The corporate headquarters were relocated to Basel, Switzerland in 1991, where the company also operates its customer service call center. The president of the Invicta Watch Group, Eyal Lalo, is a Fifth-generation watchmaker whose family has been involved with Invicta for many years. Some of Invicta’s brands include: Invicta, TechnoMarine, S. Coifman, Glycine Watch Group, and Imperious.

  • Fire ant

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    Fire ant is the common name for several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. They are, however, only a minority in the genus, which includes over 200 species of Solenopsis worldwide. Solenopsis are stinging ants and most of their common names reflect this, for example, ginger ants and tropical fire ants. Many species also are called red ants because of their light brown color, though species of ants in many other genera are similarly named for similar reasons. Examples include Myrmica rubra and Pogonomyrmex barbatus. None of these names apply in all countries nor to all species of Solenopsis, nor only to Solenopsis species; for example the colloquial names for several species of weaver ants in the genus Oecophylla in Southeast Asia include "fire ants" because of their red color and painful sting; the two genera, however, are not closely related. Also, Wasmannia auropunctata is commonly called the "little fire ant".

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