Zorapterans

Order: Zoraptera

A single species recorded on Christmas Island. Zorapterans are small (up to 3mm), elongate insects, which superficially resemble termites. Winged morphs have small eyes, shedding wings after dispersing from colony, leaving small stubs, while wingless (apterous) morphs are blind and live within colony. Mouthparts mandibulate (chewing), antennae segmented and of moderate length, and cerci short, and often unequal in size and shape in males, with a distinctive hook. Colour typically off-white to brown. Zorapterans feed mainly on fungal hyphae and spores within rotting timber or leaf litter, but have also been recorded feeding on nematodes, mites and other minute arthropods.