Refinement of Methods for Sexing Instars and Caste Members in Neotermes koshunensis (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae)
Keywords:Dry-wood termites, Kalotermitidae, Neotermes koshunensis, morphology, sexual dimorphism.
Exact sexing of individuals is important to an understanding of termite societies. We found that the female-specific sexual character of the elongated seventh sternite, known in other termites, is useful for distinguishing the sex of individuals of the dry-wood termite Neotermes koshunensis (Shiraki) from the fifth instar onward. The method described is highly efficient at sexing instars, nymphs, soldiers and alates.
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