Nest of Parrhinotermes.
The soldier of Parrhinotermes sp measuring at 3.5 milliteters.
The soldier is only 3.5 millimeters and smaller than the common red Nasuitermes soldier at 4.2 mm. Microtermes soldiers are 4.5 mm. Just a note that the measurement I made is of living specimen. In live specimen many species will have the head and abdomen slightly tilted downwards that contributes to a shorter measurement.
Queen of Parrhinotermes sp with reproductive larvae, workers and soldier.
Gyne of Parrhinotermes sp with reproductive larvae, workers and soldier.
Also quite unique in this species (as it is for termites soldiers especially those with disproportionately large heads) is the ability of the soldier to bend its entire head laterally almost 90 degrees to its body. When it comes to head horizontal flexibility, termites generally are more flexible than ants but in terms of vertical flexibility ants win.
Suborder: Isoptera 7499
Last Updated: 2013 19 17
First Posted: 2012 02 02
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