Nesting Habit of the Termite Nasutitermes corniger (Isoptera: Termitidae) on St. Eustatius, a Very Small Oceanic Island

Christopher K. Starr


Nasutitermes corniger (Motschulsky) is very widespread in the Neotropics, including the West Indies (Constantino 2009; Scheffrahn et al. 1994), where its distinctive brown, dimpled nests are a conspicuous landscape feature. Its covered galleries, 8-10mm wide, are readily seen running up tree trunks and along major branches. On the continent and continental islands, the nests are usually above ground on trees, whilst in the Lesser Antilles they are usually at the bases of trees (C.K. Starr and I. Karsai unpubl.).

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Constantino, R. 2009. Catalog of the living termites of the New World. [Online] Available at (Accessed 10 July, 2015).

Scheffrahn, R.H., Darlington, J.P.E.C., Collins, M.S., Krecek, J. and Su, N.Y. 1994. Termites (Isoptera: Kalotermit- idae: Rhinotermitidae: Termitidae) of the West Indies. Sociobiology, 24:213-238.


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