Barcode Long Island Team LBHS SR1 Ant Barcoding Team
Barcode Long Island
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Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals: Invertebrate


Our Sandy Ants: Exploring Ant Diversity on a Suburban Barrier Island Beach Using DNA Barcoding
Samuel Adler, Hannah Bloom, Samantha Feingold
Long Beach High School, Nassau
Robyn Tornabene


This project explores the biodiversity of ants on the sandy suburban beaches of Long Beach, NY. Although ants inhabit beaches worldwide, the biodiversity of beach ants is not well understood. We are attempting to collect ants from various areas of the beach to try to see which species are present and if different species are more prevalent in different areas such as the jetties, the wrack line, or sands near the boardwalk. We predict that we will find Tetramorium caespitum and Lasius neoniger the most because they have been previously identified in local areas. We will try bating, hand collecting, and sifting to obtain ants, and specimens will be frozen for storage. Photographs will be taken to document physical features useful for traditional taxonomic identification. Barcoding of the COI gene will be used to further identify species.


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