The spatial distribution of marked termites inside tunnels of a two-dimensional laboratory arena was studied by calculating the functions K(t), G(y) and F(x), as proposed by Fisher (1990). These functions are based on the distance between marked termites, and the number of termites in the arena. Location of marked termites in the tunnels was determined by using digital photographs taken every 10 s for 5 min, and every 5 min for 1 hr after release. Analysis of the data indicated that spatial distribution of marked termites was consistent with complete spatial randomness shortly after release.
Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)
Keywords: termite movement
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