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Termopsid Stolotermes termite

Scientific Name
Stolotermes victoriensis
Scientific Author
Hill, G.F. 1921
(Isoptera: Termopsidae)
Native Australian Pest Species

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Dorsal Image - Soldier
NSW. Barrington Tops, 1925. G.F. Hill det. G.F. Hill
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Diagnostic Notes

Stolotermes victoriensis Hill, G.F. 1921. New and rare Australian termites, with notes on their biology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 46: 433-456 pl. xxxvi [433].

Type data: Lectotype NMV No. T-10836 ? alate, Beaconsfield, VIC.

Paralectotype(s) NMV soldier, worker (morphotypes).

Subsequent designation references:

Hill, G.F. 1942. Termites (Isoptera) from the Australian Region. Melbourne : Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 479 pp. 24 pls [32].

Type locality references:

Watson, J.A.L., Miller, L.R. & Abbey, H.M. 1998. Isoptera. pp. 163-250 in Houston, W.W.K. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Archaeognatha, Zygentoma, Blattodea, Isoptera, Mantodea, Dermaptera, Phasmatodea, Embioptera, Zoraptera. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, Australia Vol. 23 xiii 464 pp. [250] (main label in the vial containing the lectotype and paralectotypes reads 'Stolotermes victoriensis Hill Holotype, winged adult, morphotype soldier Belgrave, Victoria F.E. Wilson 1.1.20' in Hill's hand. F.E. Wilson's printed label, in same vial, given the same locality and date; Belgrave is c. 17 km N Beaconsfield).


Imago: Small to medium size with dark brown head, body and wings. Head broadly oval and slightly flattened; eyes small-large and prominent; ocelli absent; head sutures distinct; postclypeus distinct; anteclypeus feebly developed; antennae of 15-18 segments. Pronotum small, flat, longitudinally grooved in the middle, much narrower than head, anterior margin almost straight, anterior corners almost rectangular, posterior margin semi-circular and slightly incised. Anterior wing scales larger than those of the hindwing; wing membrane feebly reticulate and densely covered with small, pimple-like nodules; forewings with sparse hairs; Sc rudimentary; R simple and about one-quarter wing length; Rs parallel to anterior margin of wing and with six-nine anterior branches; M widely separated from the Rs and with several long branches from the distal three-quarters almost to its extremity; Cu weakly developed, with a few branches to the proximal quarter of the posterior margin of the wing. Legs short and stout; tibial spurs 3:3:2 or 2:2:2; arolium absent. Cerci long – usually of four segments; styli in males only.

Soldier: Medium to large. Head much longer than wide and markedly flattened; mandibles almost equal in length to head capsule and with well-developed teeth; eyes pigmented; antennae of 14-19 segments. Pronotum flat, much narrower than head; anterior margin almost straight or slightly incised. Tibial spurs as in imago. Cerci as in imago. Styli present.

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