The abundance and biomass of subterranean termites were assessed in the dry evergreen forest within the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, northeast Thailand. The samplings were carried out by pit-digging in November 1998 (during rainy season) and February 1999 (during dry season). A total of 23 species of termites, comprising 17 genera were identified. Estimated abundance was 6450 termites/m2 in November and 2526 termites/m2 in February and biomass was 10.74g/m2 (fresh mass) in November and 5.35g/m2 in February, although no significant difference was detected in termite abundance and biomass between rainy and dry season. In 30cm depth pit-digging, we found more than 93% of individual termites and more than 94% of total biomass within the top 20cm of soil layer in both samplings. The termite abundance and biomass within the surficial soil layer (0-10cm layer) showed no significant difference between in November and February sampling.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science