(Walker), endemic to the coastal desert of Peru and Chile (Atacama), is the most economically important and widespread kalotermitid pest of dry wood worldwide (Scheffrahn etal.
(2004), for example, classified Eucalyptus grandis wood as being just as susceptible as Pinus elliottii wood when exposed to attack by Cryptotermes brevis
. However, according to the results of Table 2, untreated Eucalyptus grandis wood had satisfactory durability to attack by Cryptotermes sp., contrary to the literature, mainly regarding the small average mass loss, less than 1%.
Modification of cuticular hydrocarbons of Cryptotermes brevis
(Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) in response to temperature and relative humidity.
Structural changes in lignin of tropical woods during digestion by the termite, Cryptotermes brevis
. Journal of Wood Science 53: 419-426.
There are 14 species of drywood termites in the United States, however only 5 species have economic importance: Cryptotermes brevis
(Walker), Incisitermes minor (Hagen), I.
The first objective of this study was to investigate the survivorship of 4 termite (Isoptera) species that inhabit distinctly different microhabitats, including Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Rhinotermitidae), Neotermes jouteli (Banks in Banks and Snyder) (Kalotermitidae), Cryptotermes brevis
Walker (Kalotermitidae), and Cryptoterme cavifrons Banks (Kalotermitidae).
The West Indian drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis
(Walker) (Kalotermitidae), is a long-established and broadly distributed pest in the New World owing to 5 centuries of anthropogenic spread from its endemic Chilean/Peruvian origin (Scheffrahn et al.
Based on our data, these regular freezing episodes are an effective barrier that limits the insect's northern movement in Florida in the same manner that they limit other insects including Aleurocanthus woglumi (Ashby) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), Aleurodicus dispersus (Russell) (Cherry 1979a,b) and Cryptotermes brevis
(Walker) (Scheffrahn 2013).
will not survive in wood exposed to consistent rainfall or other free water sources.
The West Indian drywood termite Cryptotermes brevis
(Walker) (WIDT) is a serious urban pest that causes significant levels of damage to wooden structures.
Infestations of Cryptotermes brevis
(Walker) (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) in Queensland, Australia.