Termite Pests (2):
Nasutitermes novarumhebridarium (Holmgren)
(Isoptera: Termitidae)

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Nasutitermes novarumhebridarium soldiers are nasute; a repellent gum comes from underneath the pointed projection of the head

Host Species: Eucalyptus deglupta, Acacia mangium and other hosts of any age

Effects on Host: the termites eat the wood of dead and living trees causing host’s death. After an attack it takes little time for the tree to die, sometimes only a few months. An attack is more obvious than in other termite species

Type of Nest: arboreal nest

Economic Significance: severe pest

Signs of Infestation:

  • mud-covers up to a few metres
  • typically with dark shelter tubes running up the stem of the infested tree
  • riddled wood of low quality with many holes, sometimes with central ‘pipe
  • the outer surface of the nest is more or less regular and smooth

head of a Nasutitermes novarumhebridarium
(reproduced from CSIRO, 1991²)

Comparison of Nasutiternes novarumhebridarium and Microcerotermes biroi
(drawing John Dobunaba, reproduced from Roberts, H., 1987)

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Michael F. Schneider, 1999