Data for: Temperature fluctuations inside savanna termite mounds: do size and plant shade matter?

Published: 17 March 2018| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/2tg73g3yy9.1
, Antón Pérez-Rodríguez,


We measured diurnal external temperature, mound size (volume), amount of shade and mound internal temperature over a 24-hour period. Internal mound temperature varied daily following the diurnal changes of external temperature. Active termite mounds maintained a higher internal temperature than inactive ones, and the magnitude of this difference increased with mound volume; active and inactive mounds were equally affected by shade amount and external temperature fluctuations. Large mounds maintained near optimal internal temperatures compared to smaller sized mounds.



Ecology, Entomology, Africa, Thermoregulation in Animals, Termites