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Drywood Termite

Scientific Name
Kalotermes sp.
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Taxonomy
(Isoptera: Kalotermitidae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Caroline Harding MPI
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Diagnostic Notes
Soldier

Antennae 11-18 segmented; head generally subrectangular, long, narrow and with subparallel sides; sometimes dorsoventrally flattened; eyes unpigmented; mandibles strong and stout; left mandible with 3-5 and right with 2 marginal teeth. Pronotum subrectangular, as wide as or wider than head; anterior margin broadly incurved; posterior margin weakly to appreciably convex. Apical tibial spurs 3:3:3; tarsi 4-segments.

Imago

Antennae 12-17 segmented; anterior margin of 2nd marginal of left mandible equal to posterior margin of 1st marginal; pronotum flat, broader than head; media and cubitus weak, unsclerotised; media running medially between radial sector and cubitus, sometimes joining radial sector and again seperating to meet distal tip; apical tibial spurs 3:3:3; arolium present. Wings dark, with pimple-like nodules.

Immature

Well-developed immatures may be 6-8 mm long (larger in Neotermes). Cerci of 2 segments. Tarsi with 3 short basal segments and a longer terminal segment. Pronotum flat although the lateral margins may be depressed; usually as wide as, or wider than, the head. Left mandible with 2 conspicuous marginal teeth, the second of which is situated at, or anterior to, the midline of the mandibular face. Postclypeus not subdivided medially.

References

- Roonwal, M. L. & Chhotani, O.B. (1989). The Fauna of India and the Adjacent Countries: Isoptera (Termites). Volume I. Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta, 672 pp.

- Weesner, F.M. (1987). Order Isoptera. In: Stehr, F.W. (ed.), Immature Insects. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Chapter 12, pp. 132-139.
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
12/09/2011 12:12 AEST
Last Updated
09/04/2014 23:30 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Drywood Termite (Kalotermes sp.) Updated on 4/9/2014 11:30:13 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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