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Subterranean termite

Scientific Name
Schedorhinotermes intermedius
Scientific Author
(Brauer)
Taxonomy
(Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Rhinotermitinae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Schedorhinotermes spp.

Soldier:

-  Mandibles with teeth on inner faces; Basal 1/3 of mandibles not evenly sawlike; Labrum grooved centrally; Fontanelle present; Pronotum flat, no anterior lobes.

There are two types of soldiers, Major and Minor.

Major Soldier:

-  5.0-7.5mm in length; Bulbous head.

Minor Soldier:

- 3.0-5.0mm in length (approx 2/3 length of major soldier); Narrower head, mandibles more slender; Labrums extend almost to the tip of the mandibles.

There are several closely related species that require an expert to differentiate; however, the species occur in discrete areas:

Schedorhinotermes intermedius: Mainly coastal; occurs from SE Queensland to just south of Sydney.

Schedorhinotermes actuosus: Occurs across northern Australia and extends across northern South Australia and New South Wales.

Schedorhinotermes breinli: Occurs across northern Northern Territory and Queensland extends south to Gladstone.

Schedorhinotermes derosus: Occurs across northern half of Western Australia and across Northern Territory.

Schedorhinotermes seclusus: Occurs primarily in coastal Queensland and extends into New South Wales to around Taree.

Schedorhinotermes reticulatus: Occurs across the dry areas of southern central Australia. Not recorded from Northern Territory.

Distribution source:

CSIRO ANIC Biota details:

http://anic.ento.csiro.au/database/specimensearch.asp

 

 

 

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
18/10/2006 04:52 AEST
Last Updated
20/10/2006 14:36 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Subterranean termite (Schedorhinotermes intermedius) Updated on 10/20/2006 2:36:21 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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