Nasute termites

Nasute termites

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Caption: Nasute termites, Trinidad: soldier termites guard a column of workers as they run along a termite trail searching for food. The workers have large, rounded heads, whereas the heads of the smaller soldier termites are elongated into a sharp, conical process, used as a defensive weapon. A gland in the head of the soldier termite secretes a sticky, glue-like substance which is squirted out of the head process in a fine stream and can incapacitate ants and other small predators. The name "nasute" termite is derived from the Latin nasutus meaning long-nosed.

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Keywords: animal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nasute, nasute termites, nasutitermes, nature, termite, type, wildlife, zoology

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