Step-by-step Dissection Protocol of Apicotermitinae Worker (Blattaria: Isoptera)




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Apicotermitinae are soldierless termites highly abundant in tropical forests. The taxonomy of this subfamily is based on characters of worker cast and winged forms when present. However, the procedures necessary to dissect termite workers to observe their external and internal morphological characteristics are not well detailed in any study. Here, we describe a step-by-step protocol for worker dissection of soldierless termite species. We suggest the use of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) for cleaning and visualization of the gizzard and enteric valve, and glycerin to remove tergites and sternites and describe in detail the dissection of the gizzard and enteric valve, and how visualize the insertion of Malpighian tubules.


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Almeida-Azevedo, R., Alves-Oliveira, J., Morais, J. W., Franklin, E., & Azevedo, R. A. de. (2023). Step-by-step Dissection Protocol of Apicotermitinae Worker (Blattaria: Isoptera). Sociobiology, 70(4), e8503.



Research Article - Termites