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Coptotermes sp. (genus)

Termite at Black Mountain

Coptotermes sp. (genus) at Black Mountain - 10 Oct 2016
Coptotermes sp. (genus) at Black Mountain - 10 Oct 2016
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Identification history

Coptotermes sp. (genus) 3 Jan 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Coptotermes sp. (genus) 3 Jan 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Nasutitermes sp. (genus) 29 Dec 2016 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 13 Oct 2016 Ryl

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Author's notes

Sorry for blurry photo. The termites(?) were each <1cm long.

2 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   31 Dec 2016
Could be a Coptotermes sp. The soldier second from the top in image #1 doesn't seem to have the pointy head of a Nasutitermes soldier.
   17 Dec 2018
Amitermes is also found in the area and could potentially look like this. I'm not sure if the Australian species have straight mandibles or curved ones. If they have curved mandibles then this is probably quite safe at Coptotermes, assuming I'm interpreting the photo correctly. CSIRO might have specimens to check with.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 10 Oct 2016 12:00 AM Recorded on
  • Ryl Recorded by
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