Sighting

Matthew Connors 26 Oct 2017

Termites - Drepanotermes or Amitermes

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Sighted 11 Jun 2017
1 James Cook Dr, Douglas QLD 4814, Australia

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  • Matthew Connors 1 October 2018
    Drepanotermes
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Isoptera: Termitidae: Drepanotermes
    Matthew Connors says

    Thanks Ken Walker for the ID help

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Notes

  • Matthew Connors 26 October 2017
    Tagged With soldiers magpies
    Matthew Connors says

    This is the food source the magpies were gathering around in http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/95375 - the soldiers were all swarming over the ground! Consulting the Termites of the World website, as well as the Atlas of Australian Termites and several sources of primary literature, I've worked out that these are definitely within Amitermitinae (specifically in the Amitermes-group). From here I can eliminate everything except Drepanotermes and Amitermes, but I can't find much information on either of those (especially considering the genera are both large and likely have significant variation!). Online sources seem to associate Amitermes with huge termite mounds and the only mounds in the area are under 10cm tall. Combining this with the fact that the very few images of Australian Amitermes that I can find tend to have shorter jaws (overseas species like the ones pictured on the Termites of the World website are a much better morphological match) - whereas those of Drepanotermes have jaws similar to these ones - make me think these are Drepanotermes. Can any experts help me out?

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