magnetic turmite mound or "antbed," Amitermes spp.

in Uw Oykangand and Uw Olkola
in Pakanh

Magnetic turmite mound surrounded by small grasstrees under an open eucalypt canopy, near Coen, NQ [PH]

Magnetic turmite mounds (all turmite mounds are commonly called "antbed"), Amitermes laurensis and A. meridionalis (family ), is common throughout open, dry, sandy country on the cape (which accounts for the vast majority of the total land surface of the interior of the Cape).

Pieces of this antbed are used in the earth oven, or capmari, when stones of an appropriate size are not readily available.

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