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Temporal range: Cretaceous–Recent
Mastotermes darwiniensis.jpg
Mastotermes darwiniensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Parvorder: Euisoptera
Family: Mastotermitidae

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Mastotermitidae is a family of termites. Several genera are known from the fossil record. The sole living species is Mastotermes darwiniensis, found only in northern Australia.

Fossil record[edit]

Numerous fossil taxa have been described in the Mastotermitidae, as well as in the genus Mastotermes. The family seems to have had a worldwide distribution until just a few million years ago, when all but the ancestors of the giant northern termite became extinct for unknown reasons.

Genera included in the Mastotermitidae are:[1]


  1. ^ Krishna, K., D.A. Grimaldi, V. Krishna, & M.S. Engel (2013) Treatise on the Isoptera of the world. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 377: 1-2704.