Harvesting rate of the termite, Drepanotermes tamminensis (Hill) within native woodland and shrubland of the Western Australian wheatbelt

H. C. Park, J. D. Majer, R. J. Hobbs, T. U. Bae

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Abstract

The Western Australian termite, Drepanotermes tamminensis (Hill), harvests various plant materials according to biomass availability. The main litter components harvested by this termite in a woodland dominated by Eucalyptus capillosa are bark and leaves of the major tree species, while in shrubland dominated by Allocasuarina campestris, shoots of this species are taken. Harvesting mainly occurs during the autumn (April-May) and spring (September-October) seasons. The commencement and duration of harvesting appears to depend partly on weather conditions, with harvesting taking place at temperatures between 15 and 25°C after periods of rain. This species of termite harvests approximately 15.6 g m-2 year-1 and 3.2 g m2 year-1 (dry weight of plant material) in the woodland and shrubland, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalEcological Research
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes

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