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Termitoidae (informal group)

Unidentified termite at suppressed

Termitoidae (informal group) at suppressed - 29 Jan 2022
Termitoidae (informal group) at suppressed - 29 Jan 2022
Termitoidae (informal group) at suppressed - 29 Jan 2022
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Identification history

Termitoidae (informal group) 30 Jan 2022 DonFletcher
Termitoidae (informal group) 30 Jan 2022 michaelb
Papyrius nitidus 29 Jan 2022 Birdy

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User's notes

No ants/termites were seen, only 'cardboard' material found in Timber Cracks. The last image is of the Tree Trunk where it was found.

2 comments

JonLewis wrote:
   29 Jan 2022
Hi Birdy, I'm pretty sure these covered trails are termite workings rather than ants. They certainly don't have the look of the carton covered trails made by Papyrius ants. As there is no other indication of Papyrius and no other ants present I'm going to reject this sighting as Papyrius. Cheers, Jon
   30 Jan 2022
Agreed. To identify termites from photos, focus mainly on the 'head' area of the soldiers. Important features include whether there is a sharp glue-gun type snout, or well developed mandibles, and the 'tooth' structure of the mandibles (eg some have different teeth on the left and right mandibles). For some genera it helps to also have a view of the pronotum, i.e. the first segment behind the head.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 29 Jan 2022 09:19 AM Recorded on
  • Birdy Recorded by

Additional information

  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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