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Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Order Isoptera

  • While termites are often called 'white ants' and do superficially resemble ants, they are in fact not at all closely related.

  • Their order is considered much more primitive than ants, but they have evolved a complex colonial 'caste' system, similar in some respects to ants.

  • Termites feed primarily on cellulose and are acknowledged to be important recyclers in the rainforest.

  • Termites are quite inoffensive creatures to larger animals like humans.

  • They are quite delicate and they are rarely seen, most living within the soil or vegetation.

  • Relatively few species construct mounds, but they are often the most noticed of termites.

  • In the rainforest small round mounds can be noted in the canopy and on the forest floor, the latter being inhabited by species of Termes.
    Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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