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Foraging populations and territories of a mound-building subterranean termite, Microtermes pakistanicus (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae)

Lee, C.; Ngee, P.; Lee, L.

Sociobiology 412: 307-316

2003


ISSN/ISBN: 0361-6525
Accession: 022668030

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A study was conducted in a univerrsity campus setting to characterize foraging populations and territories of a mound-building higher subteranean termite, Microtermes pakistanicus Ahmad. The triple-mark recapture technique revealed that the foraging populations of four Microtermes pakistanicus colonies (A, B, C and D) were (1.25 plus or minus 0.03) x 105, (4.47 plus or minus 0.13) x 105, (1.07 plus or minus 0.04) x 105 and (5.59 plus or minus 0.17) x 105,respectively. Termite foragers occupied an area of 30.5 - 54.2 m2, while foraging biomasses ranged between 0.33- 1.99 kg. The maximum foraging distance was registered at 10.5 m. Mean wood consumption rate per month ranged between 397.4 - 795.2 g month-1.

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