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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Parrhinotermes

This species of Parrhinotermes measured at 3.5 millitemeters (both soldiers and workers). Both the soldier and worker caste are monomorphic. This species nest in the wood or trees on which they feed similar with some Schedorhinotermes and Coptotermes species.

Nest of Parrhinotermes.
Nest of Parrhinotermes

Nest of Parrhinotermes.
Nest of Parrhinotermes

The soldier of Parrhinotermes sp measuring at 3.5 milliteters.
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.
Soldier of Parrhinotermes

The soldier of Parrhinotermes sp with some reproductive nymphs.
soldier of Parrhinotermes sp with some reproductive nymphs

A soldier of Parrhinotermes sp.

A worker of Parrhinotermes sp.
Parrhinotermes termite worker

Workers of Parrhinotermes sp.
Workers of Parrhinotermes sp

Soldier of Parrhinotermes sp.
Soldier of Parrhinotermes sp

A soldier and worker of Parrhinotermes sp.
Soldier and worker of Parrhinotermes termite

A soldier and workers of Parrhinotermes sp.
Soldiers and worker of Parrhinotermes termite

A soldier and workers of Parrhinotermes sp.
Soldier and workers of Parrhinotermes termite

Worker and larva of Parrhinotermes sp.
Worker and larva of Parrhinotermes sp

Queen of Parrhinotermes sp with reproductive larvae, workers and soldier.

Gyne of Parrhinotermes sp with reproductive larvae, workers and soldier.
Gyne of Parrhinotermes sp with reproductive larvae, workers and soldier

Sp2
This second species measuring below 3 millimeters is even smaller and is one of the smallest (from the size of the soldiers) of termites in this location.

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.


Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order; Blattodea
Suborder: Isoptera 7499
Family: Rhinotermitidae 36985
Subfamily: Rhinotermitinae 72652
Genus: Parrhinotermes 62956



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First Posted: 2012 02 02
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