SimTerm is a MS Windows program that simulates the tunneling behavior of subterranean Termites. SimTerm is one of several models developed recently that allows us to compare and contrast movement for: 1) a flying organism -- the Florida Scrub-Jay, 2) a swimming organism -- the Florida Manatee, and 3) a burrowing organism -- the subterranean termite. Movement across space is costly for most organisms, and therefore we expect movement behavior to result in efficient pathways. Although the scale of movement is very different for the 3 species, lengthy pathways for all 3 species tend to be relatively straight, with small turn angles, and correlated directionality.
Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)
Species 2: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes flavipes (eastern subterranean termite)
Keywords: foraging behavior, modeling
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