One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North Australian termite which builds tall flattened mounds that are aligned north–south.
Amitermes meridionalis, family Termitidae
- ‘The Magnetic Termite Amitermes meridionalis occurs only in a small part of the Northern Territory of Australia and builds famous wedge-shaped mounds with an elongated axis that is orientated in a striking north-south direction.’
- ‘The Magnetic termites up north are grass- eaters only; other mound builders will eat grass and/or solid wood.’
- ‘Magnetic termites (Amitermes meridionalis) are adapted to living on floodplains with waterlogged soil.’
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