oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Cryptotermes of the Union of South Africa

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The family Kalotermitidae is represented in the Union of South Africa by the genera Kalotermes, Neotermes, Proglyptotermes, Procryptotermes and Cryptotermes. With the sole exception of K. munroi, which is found in the Transvaal Bushveld north of Pretoria, all these species are confined to the coastal belt of the Union from Zululand in the north to Cape Town in the south. The South African Kalotermitidae have the habit in common that the nest system is placed entirely within dead wood, and no connection with the soil is needed or maintained.

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