Foraging Populations and Territories of Reticulitermes speratus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Authors: Tsunoda, Kunio; Matsuoka, Hiroaki; Yoshimura, Tsuyoshi; Tokoro, Masahiko
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 92, Number 3, June 1999 , pp. 604-609(6)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:Three field colonies of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus (Kolbe) on the Uji campus of Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto, Japan, were surveyed to estimate foraging populations and territories using a mark—release–recapture method in 1994–1996. The 3 foraging populations ranged from 109,400 to 466,400 termites per colony. Although the data must be interpreted carefully because the assumptions that support the efficacy of the procedure may have been violated, these estimated foraging populations were much larger than those reported previously for the species. The longest linear distance of foraging movement was 10 m and foraging territories ranged from 6.0 to 56.6 m2 per colony during the period of survey.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 1999
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