Inquilinitermes johnchapmani, a New Termite (Isoptera: Termitidae: Termitinae) from the Llanos of North Central Bolivia


  • Rudolf H Scheffrahn University of Florida



Inquilinitermes johnchapmani, new species, Llanos de Mojos, Bolivia, Cornitermes snyderi, Constrictotermes, Grigiotermes metoecus


Inquilinitermes johnchapmani is described from soldiers and workers collected in the Llanos de Mojos of Bolivia. This is the fourth and the smallest species of the genus. Unlike its congeners, I. johnchapmani is not an inquiline of Constrictotermes spp. nests although an association with Cornitermes snyderi nests is likely.


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Author Biography

Rudolf H Scheffrahn, University of Florida

Department of Entomology and Nematology, Professor


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How to Cite

Scheffrahn, R. H. (2014). Inquilinitermes johnchapmani, a New Termite (Isoptera: Termitidae: Termitinae) from the Llanos of North Central Bolivia. Sociobiology, 61(1), 95–99.



Research Article - Termites