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Coptotermes formosanus (Taiwan subterranean termite)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) is an invasive species of termite. It has been transported worldwide from its native range in southern China to Formosa (Taiwan, where it gets its name) and Japan. In the 20th century, it became established in South Africa, Hawaii, and the continental United States.
View Wikipedia Record: Coptotermes formosanus

Invasive Species

Coptotermes formosanus is a subterranean termite with an affinity for damp places. Wherever there is wood (cellulose) and moisture there is the possibility that this species can inhabit that location.
View ISSG Record: Coptotermes formosanus

Prey / Diet

Arachis hypogaea (Earthnut)[1]
Oryza sativa (rice)[1]
Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)[1]


Francolinus pondicerianus (Grey Francolin)[2]
Manis pentadactyla (Chinese Pangolin)[3]


North America; Oceania; Southern Asia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
3Wu, S.B., N. F. Liu, Y. Y. Li, R. Y. Sun (2005). Observation on food habits and foraging behavior of Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla Chinese Journal of Applied Environment Biology 11(3):337-341
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