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Termite nests were commonly known as terminarium or termitaria.
There are three ecological groups of termites: dampwood, drywood and subterranean.
However, the first termites possibly emerged during the Permian or even the Carboniferous.
About 3,106 species are currently described, with a few hundred more left to be described.
As of 2013, about 3,106 living and fossil termite species are recognised, classified in 12 families.
The infraorder Isoptera is divided into the following clade and family groups, showing the subfamilies in their respective classification: Termites are found on all continents except Antarctica.