Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 273–282 | Cite as

Interspecific Agonistic Behavior of Macrotermes gilvus (Isoptera: Termitidae): Implication on Termite Baiting in the Philippines

  • Mark Jun A. Rojo
  • Menandro N. AcdaEmail author


The study investigated interspecific agonistic behavior of Macrotermes gilvus Hagen (Isoptera: Termitidae: Macrotermitinae) against three economically important subterranean termites in the Philippines, viz., Coptotermes gestroi Wasmann, Nasutitermes luzonicus Oshima and Microcerotermes losbanosensis Oshima. Termite-termite interactions after a 1:1 pairing experiment showed that M. gilvus workers and soldiers were highly aggressive against C. gestroi, N. luzonicus and M. losbanosensis leading to severe injury or death of the opponent termite species in a short period of time. The levels of agonism were caste and species specific. Worker termites of M. gilvus showed an equally aggressive behavior as soldiers contributing to the high mortality of opponent species used in this study. It is likely that the highly aggressive behavior of M. gilvus limits foraging activity of C. gestroi, N. luzonicus and M. losbanosensis around in-ground bait stations contributing to the low success of termite baits containing chitin synthesis inhibitors in the Philippines.


Agonism termites foraging behavior baiting aggression 



The authors wish to thank the UP Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program (OVPAA-EIDR-C2- R-20-512-248) for providing partial funding support for this project; Mr. NU Valguna and Mr. BA Villanueva of the Department of Forest Products and Paper Science, CFNR-UPLB for their assistance in the termite collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forest Products and Paper ScienceUniversity of the Philippines Los Banos CollegeLagunaPhilippines

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