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Formosan Subterranean Termite

Scientific Name

Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, 1909 (ITIS)

Common Name

Formosan subterranean termite (FST), ground termites

Native To
Date of U.S. Introduction
Means of Introduction

Arrived accidentally on ships from the Pacific (Messenger et al. 2002)


Damages landscape trees and causes significant structural damage to buildings (Lax and Osbrink 2003)

Formosan Subterranean Termite
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Formosan Subterranean Termite, Adults, worker (top), soldier (bottom)


Gerald J. Lenhard

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