Seasonal Changes on Termite Foraging Behaviour under Different Habitats in Rufiji District Tanzania

Christopher Materu, Jacob Yarro, Bruno Nyundo


The effect of wet and dry season on termites foraging was examined in cropland, forest and grassland in Rufiji district for a period of one year. Termites species richness as well as abundance were sampled using standardized transect lines. Sampling was carried out on monthly basis. Termite species abundance was significantly different between the three locations, but species richness was not significantly different. These results reveal that termite abundance was higher in disturbed habitat due to the removal of vegetation which denies termites food and areas for nesting. Furthermore movement of termites from lower horizons during the wet season was higher than in the dry season.

Key words: Termites activity, abundance, species richness, Rufiji district.

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