Ship-Borne Termite (Isoptera) Border Interceptions in Australia and Onboard Infestations in Florida, 1986-2009

Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, William Crowe


Alate termite flights from mature colonies infesting marine vessels is a primary mechanism for anthropogenic transoceanic establishment of invasive termite species. A taxonomic review is given of 133 recorded termite infestations onboard vessels in Australia and Florida between 1986 and 2009. The differing governmental approaches to regulating entry by foreign boats appears to reflect the relative frequency of exotic termite establishments in Australia and Florida.

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