Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Australian termites in New Zealand.

Abstract

Colonies of 2 species of Australian termite, Coptotermes acinaciformis and Porotermes adamsoni are currently known to exist in New Zealand, and are subject of MAF Biosecurity New Zealand responses (MAFBNZ). These species were introduced historically within timber imports, but as they can survive undetected for many years, new colonies are still being discovered. Unlike native termites, these species have the potential to cause considerable harm to New Zealand's economy, environment and social and cultural values. The current incursions and MAFBNZ detection strategies and pest control options for Coptotermes acinaciformis and Porotermes adamsoni infestations are discussed.