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Abstract

Field composition and size of the populations of the primitive damp wood termite, Porotermes adamsoni (Isoptera: Termopsidae) in South Australia.

Abstract

The numbers of larvae, small, medium and large workers, small and large nymphs, pre-soldiers, soldiers, apterous neotenics, brachypterous neotenics, primary reproductives and alates were recorded for 39 complete colonies of Porotermes adamsoni collected from mature eucalypt [Eucalyptus sp.] and young and mature pine [Pinus sp.] stands in South Australia during 1982-86. Although some of these colonies were headed by primary reproductives, the majority were headed by neotenics, suggesting that primary reproductives have a short life span. Colonies seldom contained more than a few thousand individuals, the largest colony having 5306 individuals.