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Termopsid termite

Scientific Name
Porotermes adamsoni
Scientific Author
(Froggatt, 1897)
Taxonomy
(Isoptera: Termopsidae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Calotermes adamsoni Froggatt, W.W. 1897. Australian Termitidae. Part II. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 21: 510-552 pls xxxv-xxxvi [date on journal 1896, actual date of publication 31 May, 1897 Musgrave, A. 1932. Bibliography of Australian Entomology 1775–1930 with Biographical Notes on Authors and Collectors. Sydney : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales viii 380 pp. [103]] [532].

Type data: Lectotype ANIC No. 9162 ? alate, Uralla, NSW.

Paralectotype(s) ANIC soldier (morphotype); NMV alates, soldiers, presoldier, workers (morphotype).

Subsequent designation references:

Hill, G.F. 1942. Termites (Isoptera) from the Australian Region. Melbourne : Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 479 pp. 24 pls [36].

Porotermes (Porotermes) froggatti Holmgren, N. 1911. Termitenstudien 2. Systematik der Termiten Die Familien Mastotermitidae, Protermitidae und Mesotermitidae. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps Academiens Nya Handlingar, Stockholm 46(6): 1-86 pls1-6 [51] [nom. nud.; the taxon was characterised only by locality, 'aus Tasmanien'].

Porotermes (Planitermes) froggatti Holmgren, N. 1912. Neue Termiten aus dem Deutschen Entomologischen Museum. Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 1: 280-282 [281] [name made available by applying it to soldiers and workers erroneously included in the redescriptions of Calotermes convexus Walker, 1853 by Hagen, H. 1858. Monographie der Termiten. Linnaea Entomologica 12: 1–342 pls i–iii (46) and Froggatt, W.W. 1897. Australian Termitidae. Part II. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 21: 510–552 pls xxxv–xxxvi [date on journal 1896, actual date of publication 31 May, 1897 Musgrave, A. 1932. Bibliography of Australian Entomology 1775–1930 with Biographical Notes on Authors and Collectors. Sydney : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales viii 380 pp. [103]] (523)].

Type data: Syntype(s) whereabouts unknown, ?TAS.

Porotermes (Planitermes) grandis Holmgren, N. 1912. Neue Termiten aus dem Deutschen Entomologischen Museum. Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 1: 280-282 [281].

Type data: Lectotype DEIB soldier, Cape Otway (as Otnay), VIC.

Paralectotype(s) AMNH soldier.

Subsequent designation 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.

Description:

Imago: Medium-sized, light brown species, head darker than thorax, abdomen and legs, wing veins same colour as legs, wing membrane paler, markedly reticulate. Head large, round; eyes relatively small (about 0.40-0.50mm max. diameter); antennae long and slender, with 15-18 segments. R with one or two branches, Rs with six or more branches; M passing through the anterior third of the wing, with several branches; Cu with 10 or more branches. Pronotum reniform, about as wide as head and about half as long as wide. Tibial spurs variable; foretibiae with three, midtibiae with three or four, hindtibiae with two, three or four spurs.

Soldier: large to very large; head flat (but not quite as flattened as Stolotermes species), longer than wide, either rounded or nearly parallel on the sides or slightly widened anteriorly; mandibles black, very stout, about one-third the length of the head; antennae of 15-18 segments. Pronotum more than half as wide as head, about half as long as wide, more or less semi-circular. Foretibiae with three spurs, midtibiae with two, three or four spurs, hindtibiae with two or three spurs.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Ken Walker
Created
17/12/2010 03:52 AEST
Last Updated
02/08/2012 16:29 AEST
Citation
Ken Walker (2010) Termopsid termite (Porotermes adamsoni) Updated on 8/2/2012 4:29:49 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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