Termites (Isoptera) in forest ecosystems of Cat Tien National Park (Southern Vietnam)

  title={Termites (Isoptera) in forest ecosystems of Cat Tien National Park (Southern Vietnam)},
  author={N. Belyaeva and A. Tiunov},
  journal={Biology Bulletin},
The species composition, abundance and colony sizes of terrestrial termites were studied in five forest habitats of Cat Tien National Park, Southern Vietnam. Twenty-four species belonging to Rhinotermitidae (1 species) and Termitidae (23 species, mostly Macrotermitinae), were found in mounds and in soil samples. The density of inhabited termite nests in different habitats averaged 68 per hectare (range 44–106), most nests belonged to Macrotermes spp. Six mounds of dominant species (Globitermes… Expand
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  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
  • 1999
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