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Investigations into the building behaviour of a minor celebrity insect

Jacklyn, Peter M. (2010). Investigations into the building behaviour of a minor celebrity insect. Australian Zoologist,35(2):183-188.

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Title Investigations into the building behaviour of a minor celebrity insect
Author Jacklyn, Peter M.
Journal Name Australian Zoologist
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 35
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0067-2238   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-78049234320
Start Page 183
End Page 188
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Field of Research 0608 - Zoology
Abstract People have long been fascinated with the striking, precisely aligned “magnetic” mounds built by termites of the genus Amitermes in northern Australia. Although the first written accounts that attempted to explain this alignment date to the late 19th century, it wasn't until Gordon Grigg rotated mounds and systematically measured their orientations in the 1970s that any substantial research was carried out to test these speculations. The ideas Grigg developed about the advantages offered by this remarkable architecture proved insightful and have shaped the subsequent thinking on the physiological effect of these mounds. This article reviews the concepts and research that have developed around this small but fascinating area of investigation.
Keywords Amitermes
Behaviour
Orientation
Termitaria
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2010.006   (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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