Refinement of Methods for Sexing Instars and Caste Members in Neotermes koshunensis (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae)

Authors

  • Yasushi Miyaguni

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v59i4.500

Keywords:

Dry-wood termites, Kalotermitidae, Neotermes koshunensis, morphology, sexual dimorphism.

Abstract

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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2014-08-26

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Miyaguni, Y. (2014). Refinement of Methods for Sexing Instars and Caste Members in Neotermes koshunensis (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae). Sociobiology, 59(4), 1217–1222. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v59i4.500

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