, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 379–384 | Cite as

Termites and the turnover of dead wood in an arid tropical environment

  • R. D. Buxton


The standing crop of woody litter (317 g m-2) and its rate of production (30.8 g m-2 a-1) and disappearance (27.8 g m-2 a-1) were measured in Tsavo National Park, Kenya, at a site with a mean rainfall of 352 mm a-1. Dead wood took about 11 years to disappear completely. Almost all of this wood is removed by termites, 90% by the fungus-cultivating subfamily Macrotermitinae.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Buxton
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Ecology Research GroupZoology DepartmentOxfordEngland

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