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Coptotermes termite

Scientific Name
Coptotermes acinaciformis
Scientific Author
(Froggatt)
Taxonomy
(Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Coptotermitinae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Identification to species is based on the soldier but should be done by an expert as the characters are variable and identification should be based on localitry, nesting habits and measurements of the soldier.

May be confused with Coptotermes frenchi and C. lacteus.  Distinguishing these three species is difficult and should be done by and expert.  As a guide, the Coptotermes acinaciformis soldier is larger (5.0 - 6.5mm +- 0.8mm) than soldiers of C. frenchi (4.0 - 5.0mm +- 0.4mm) and C. lacteus (4.40 +- 0.4mm). As well, the head in dorsal view for C. frenchi and C. lacteus is "pear shaped" compared to a somewhat "rectangular" shape for C. acinaciformis.

Source:

Hadlington, P. (1987). Australian termites and other common timber pests. New South Wales Press

 

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Author
Walker, K
Created
03/11/2005 04:35 AEST
Last Updated
10/02/2009 13:51 AEST
Citation
Walker, K (2005) Coptotermes termite (Coptotermes acinaciformis) Updated on 2/10/2009 1:51:26 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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