Family - Rhinotermitidae


Commonly known as the ‘Milk Termite’ this species are often confused with Coptotermes frenchi and distinguishing these species is difficult and should be done by and expert. The soldiers of C. frenchi and C.lacteus have pear-shaped heads, while the heads of C. acinaciformis soldiers are more rectangular. They are common in eastern Victoria, preferring to inhabit the coastal areas of the region. They prefer stumps and dead trees, and are also attracted to timber in damp, sub-floor areas.