oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The imago of Stolotermes africanus Emerson

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The discovery of Stolotermes africanus in the Cape Province in 1935 by Dr. Harold Kirby constituted a record of a relict termite that might well be compared to such relict vertebrates as the lungfishes, the egg-laying mammals, or the marsupials. The genus Stolotermes is a group of very primitive termite species, more primitive in some respects than Mastotermes of Australia. Stolotermes belongs to the family Hodotermitidae, the most primitive genus of which is Archotermopsis of India.

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