Solenopsis geminata
[Tropical Asian Fire Ant, Red Ant]
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Classification: | Kingdom: Animalia | Phylum: Arthropoda | Class: Insecta | Order: Hymenoptera | Family: Formicidae | Genus: Solenopsis |

The Wiki website stated that the Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) "have been reported in India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore". The Singapore claim was based on a published report in 2013 from the Sociobiology journal. However, the actual text in this publication stated that "Published reports of S. invicta from Malaysia and Singapore were based on misidentifications, presumably of the more widespread Neotropical fire ant, Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius)". Obviously, the Wiki website had interpreted the information from the publication incorrectly.

According to the Antwiki website, Solenopsis overbecki was collected in Singapore back in 1916. The book "Singapore Biodiversity" published in 2011 (page 227) had this description on the status of Solenopsis overbecki: "The fire ants (Solenopsis overbecki, up to 4.2 mm) are capable of inflicting a painful burning sting, and hence their common name. They can be found in the primary and secondary forests of Singapore, living among leaf litter and on tree trunks and branches. Male are yellowish-brown whereas female are light maroon with brownish-yellow extremities." Another book that mentioned Solenopsis overbecki was "Private Lives: An Expose of Singapore's Rainforest" (page 157) published in 2012. It even had a photo of the ants. However, a correction issued by the publisher later clarified that the fire ants shown were Leptogenys species and not Solenopsis overbecki. Based on my limited observations while roaming around forested areas in Singapore, I had so far not seen any ants that resemble a fire ant. There might be a possibility that the more common and abundant Cocoa Black Ant (Dolichoderus thoracicus) in disturbed forest being mistaken as fire ant.