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Brunneus Coptotermes termite

Scientific Name
Coptotermes brunneus
Scientific Author
Gay, 1955
Taxonomy
(Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Coptotermitinae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Western Australia
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Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Coptotermes brunneus Gay, F.J. 1955. A new Coptotermes and Ahamitermes (Isoptera) from Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 79: 177-181 [177].

Type data: Holotype ANIC No. 9051 ? alate, 51 miles (82 km) NNW Galena, WA.

Paratype(s) ANIC soldier, worker (morphotypes); ANIC series Nos 10 7290, 10 7293, 10 7294 alates, soldiers, workers (type colony).

Coptotermes brunneus, found in the northwest of Australia, builds huge 2m high mounds sealed on the outside with impermeable clay. The upper sections consist of bulbous cavities connected by vertical tunnels to live-in chambers underground. Metabolic water from these chambers will rise as water vapour to the top of the mound and condense back into water once exposed to the outer layer which is quite susceptible to temperature change during the nights (in desert regions the temperature can drop by 12 degrees Celcius). This water will then drain into the base of the upper cavities ready to be collected by the termites.

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Author
Ken Walker
Created
04/10/2010 12:26 AEST
Last Updated
10/10/2010 17:56 AEST
Citation
Ken Walker (2010) Brunneus Coptotermes termite (Coptotermes brunneus) Updated on 10/10/2010 5:56:11 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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