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Evidence for the use of magnetic cues in mound construction by the termite Amitermes meridionalis (Isoptera: Termitinae)

Jacklyn, PM and Munro, U (2002). Evidence for the use of magnetic cues in mound construction by the termite Amitermes meridionalis (Isoptera: Termitinae). Australian Journal of Zoology,50(4):357-368.

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Title Evidence for the use of magnetic cues in mound construction by the termite Amitermes meridionalis (Isoptera: Termitinae)
Author Jacklyn, PM
Munro, U
Journal Name Australian Journal of Zoology
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0004-959X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0036436145
Start Page 357
End Page 368
Total Pages 12
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The termite Amitermes meridionalis builds meridionally elongated mounds. We removed the tops of such mounds and then allowed the termites to repair their mounds in the natural geomagnetic field and in artificial magnetic fields with different magnetic declinations. Cross-sections of repaired mounds were taken and the arrangement of the small, elongated cells that form the basis of mound architecture was assessed. The results suggest that the termites align mound cells along the existing axis of the mound and the cardinal axes of the horizontal component of the applied magnetic field.
Keywords orientation
light
field
birds
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO01061   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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