The Structure of Mature Mounds of the Termite Macrotermes hems in Kenya

  • Johanna P. E. C. Darlington
Research Article


The termite Macrotermes herus builds domed earth mounds with no external openings. The internal structure is described here. There is no specialized ventilation system in the mound, unlike those of other Macrotermes species.

Key Words

Macrotermes herus mound structure distribution Kenya 

Mots Cléfs

Macrotermes herus structure des nids distribution Kenya 


Le termite Macrotermes herus construit des termitières en forme de dôme, sans ouvertures extérieures. La structure intérieure est décrite. Il n’y à pas de système spécial de ventilation dans le nid, contrairement aux nids des autres espèces de Macrotermes etudiés.


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© ICIPE 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johanna P. E. C. Darlington
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  1. 1.International Centre of Insect Physiology, and EcologyNairobiKenya

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