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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Labritermes

This Labritermes species is a tiny species with soldiers measuring at around 3 millimeters and the workers at around 2 millimeters total length (TL) making it one of the smallest of termite species. It is common to find Labritermes termite species nesting among degraded Dicuspiditermes nest structure. Labritermes emersoni and Labritermes kistneri have a relatively shorter (and horizontally thicker head capsule) head capsule against Labritermes buttelreepeni (head length to head width ratio). Both this species have a head capsule that is less than twice as long as it is broad whereas Labritermes buttelreepeni (further down this page) has a head capsule that is twice as long aside from from having a more rectangular head. In Labritermes kristneri the head capsule tapers and is more rounded at both the posterior and the anterior.

Labritermes emersoni

soldier and worker of Labritermes emersoni
A soldier and worker of Labritermes emersoni.
soldier and worker termites of Labritermes emersoni
A soldier and worker of Labritermes emersoni.

Soldiers of Labritermes emersoni termite
Soldiers of Labritermes emersoni termite.

a soldier of Labritermes kristneri termite
A soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite.

a soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite
A soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite. 

a soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite
A soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite. 

a soldier of Labritermes termite
A soldier of Labritermes emersoni termite. 

Soldiers of Labritermes termite
Soldiers of Labritermes emersoni termite.

Soldiers of Labritermes termite
Soldiers of Labritermes emersoni termite.

Labritermes buttel-reepeni

Workers, soldier and reproductive larva of Labritermes buttelreepini
Workers, soldier and reproductive larva of Labritermes buttelreepeni. Labritermes butelreepeni has the smallest workers of the termites from this location. The workers measured barely 2 millimeters.

Soldier of Labritermes buttelreepini
Soldier of Labritermes buttelreepeni.

Soldier of Labritermes buttel-reepeni.


Labritermes kristneri

 Workers and soldier of Labritermes kristneri

Workers and a soldier of Labritermes kristneri

Comparison

 Labritermes emersoni

Labritermes kristneri

Labritermes buttelreepeni


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Taxonomy
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Bilateria
Branch: Protostomia
Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa
Superphylum: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Mandibulata
Infraphylum: Atelocerata
Superclass: Panhexapoda
Epiclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Dicondylia
Infraclass: Pterygota
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera
Family: Termitidae
Subfamily: Termitinae
Group: Foraminitermes
Genus: Labritermes  (NCBI id: 201574)
Species: emersoni
               buttelreepeni
               kristneri


Last Updated: 2014 08 10
First Posted: 2012 05 23
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