Nasute termites, Ecuador

Nasute termites, Ecuador

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nasute termites, Ecuador: soldier termites guard a breach in the wall of their nest in a rainforest tree. The heads of the soldier termites are elongated into sharp, conical processes which are used as defensive weapons. A gland in the termite's head 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 intruders. 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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