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Giant Northern termite of Australia and extinct relatives

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Containing group: Isoptera

Other Names for Mastotermitidae


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Scientific Name Mastotermes darwiniensis
Reference J. Desneux. 1904. Isoptera. Fam. Termitidae. Genera Insectorum de P. Wytsman 25:1-53
Sex Female
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