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Australian Termites



FAMILY : Termites

Magnetic Termite
(Amitermes meridionalis)
Magnetic Termite
The Magnetic termite soldiers have incurved mandibles with a single tooth. They get there name because they build their large wedge-shaped mounds with the long side aligned north-south. These large mounds are familiar to tourists. Click to continue>
Subterranean Termite
(Coptotermes acinaciformis)
Subterranean Termite
Coptotermes acinaciformis is a subterranean termite. These termites are very destructive. Soldier termites produce white milky liquid from their mandibles and are aggressive. They are found underground an avoid the light. They may travel underground... Click to continue>
Subterranean Termite
(Coptotermes frenchi)
Subterranean Termite
These subterranean termites are highly destructive. Soldier termites produce milky liquid from a gland on their head when disturbed. They may travel underground up to 70m from the colony in search of food. The termite has saber shaped mandibles. The... Click to continue>
Native Drywood Termite
(Cryptotermes primus)
Native Drywood Termite
Cryptotermes primus colonies have up to 200 individuals and usually less than 10 soldiers. The Soldier termites are pale cream with short thick dark heads. The head is steeply sloping - almost vertical. Alates are pale yellow-brown. There are many... Click to continue>
West Indian drywood termite
(Cryptotermes brevis)
West Indian drywood termite
The West Indian drywood termite has a rough undulating head with short broad mandibles. The head is dark in colour. They do not form large single colonies but build separate smaller nests over a wide area. Evidence of termite activity is small piles... Click to continue>
Giant Northern Termite
(Mastotermes darwiniensis)
Giant Northern Termite
The Giant Northern Termite as the name indicates is a large termite. Soldiers have round reddish brown heads with short stout mandibles with long teeth at the tips. The right mandible has two well-defined teeth but the left mandible has only one... Click to continue>
Tree Termite
(Nasutitermes walkeri)
Tree Termite
Nasutitermes walkeri soldiers have a rounded head and long straight mandibles. The soldiers are pale yellowish brown colour. Not a major pest termite. Nests are visible on tree trunks or forks of branches connected to the ground by galleries. The... Click to continue>
Ringant Termite
(Neotermes insularis)
Ringant Termite
Ringant Termites are dampwood termites. The head is not prominently flattened and the pronotum (section of the thorax behind the head) is as wide as the head. The mandibles curve upwards slightly. Ringant termites have the largest soldiers of all... Click to continue>
Dampwood Termite
(Porotermes adamsoni)
Dampwood Termite
Dampwood Termite soldiers have a rectangular shaped head and short toothed mandibles about one third of the head length. These termites require decayed wood to start a colony and are not a serious pest of homes, although could invade a building if... Click to continue>
Termite
(Termitidae family )
Termite
Termites live in colonies. Most termites live inside timber or in underground nests. My guess is that the species shown is from the Termitidae family. It has a raised bump like a third eye on its forehead (called a fontenelle). The first part of the... Click to continue>


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