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oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Fossilised nests of Hodotermitidae (Isoptera) from the Clanwilliam district, Cape Province

 

Abstract

Two fossilised termite nests from Clanwilliam were shown by radiocarbon dating to have been formed in late Pleistocene times. Clearly discernible in the limestone matrix are traces of structures closely resembling the fragile dark shelving which fills the nest cavities of two extant species of Hodotermitidae in South Africa. It is suggested that the fossilised nests were more likely to have been constructed by an ancestral form of Microhodotermes viator (Latreille) than of Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen).

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1981-03-01
2016-12-07
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