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Monday, December 27, 2010

Odontotermes Sp2

Odontotermes is a common genus of fungus growing termites. There are several species in this genus (52 known species according to some documentations), the largest of which (Odontotermes longignathus) is one of the most common. The soldiers of Odontotermes are monomorphic but not the workers. There are at least twenty species of Odontotermes in this location of which nine species have been documented.

The soldiers of this second Odontotermes termite species is 6mm.

With the mandible opened the characteristic tooth on the left mandible of Odontotermes is here clearly visible.

Soldiers and worker of Odontotermes type 1.

Soldiers and worker of Odontotermes type 1.

Soldier and worker of Odontotermes type 1.

Soldier of Odontotermes type 1.

Worker of Odontotermes type 1.

Worker of Odontotermes type 1.




See also other species of this genus:


Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Fungi/Metazoa
Metazoa
Eumetazoa
Subkingdom: Bilateria
Coelomata
Branch: Protostomia
Superphylum: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Mandibulata
Pancrustacea
Epiclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Dicondylia
Infraclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Orthopteroidea
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera
Family: Termitidae
SubFamily: Macrotermitinae
Genus: Odontotermes

Last updated: 2012 05 18
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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Macrotermes sp1

I am unable to find documentation on this species. Possibly it might not have been id before.


An undocumented Macrotermes species

The major worker is almost 7mm.

A major soldier and worker.

The major worker.



The minor soldier is 8mm.



The major soldier is 13mm.







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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Camponotus Sp (Colobopsis group)

This species of Camponotus is arboreal, living inside tree trunks and branches. This small “truncatus group” species of the Colobopsis subgenus is dimorphic with two worker caste. In this species both the major and minor workers exhibit the truncation appearance that is definitive of this Camponotus Colobopsis subgenus. 

Most species of Colbopsis subgenus of the Camponotini tribe are true carpenter ants boring into trunks and branches of trees to make their nests.

The pre-dealated queen.
The alate gyne with some minor workers.

A minor worker. A minor worker with the specialised flattened front to block the entrance to their nest inside the branches of trees.
 A minor worker with the specialised flattened front to block the entrance to their nest inside the branches of trees.
 The major worker with the same flattened front of the head. In many species of 'truncatus' only the major worker and gyne has this flatten front.
 Minor worker.
 Minor worker.
 Minor worker.

 Lateral view of a major worker.
 Top view of a major worker.
 Major worker.


Taxonomy:
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Subphylum - Hexapoda
Class - Insecta
Subclass - Pterygota
Infraclass - Neoptera
Order - Hymenoptera
Suborder - Apocrita
Infraorder - Aculeata
Superfamily - Vespoidea
Family - Formicidae
Subfamily - Formicinae
Tribe - Camponotini
Genus - Camponotus


Last Updated: 2013 01 29
First Posted: 2010 12 02
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