The Structure of Mature Mounds of the Termite macrotermes Michaelseni in Kenya

  • Johanna P. E. C. Darlington
Research Article


The termite Macrotermes michaelseni (Sjöstedt) builds conical earth mounds with no external openings. The structure of the nests is described. The fungus combs and the nursery are in separate parts of a single hive chamber, and thus occupy the same air space. A closed system of inter-connected passages in the mound facilitates loss of metabolic heat to the atmosphere.

Key Words

Macrotermes michaelseni mound structure ventilation flighting Kenya 


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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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