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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Capritermes Complex

Capritermes genus is another of the termites with soldiers that used stored energy mechanism for defense. The genus is classified under the Mirocapritermes group of genera where all have soldiers with ‘deformed’ mandibles which deploy a flicking action (utilizing stored energy to increase power wield) as defense. The other group of genera that use this defensive mechanism is the Termes group. In the Mirocapritermes group the mandibles (left and right) are asymmetrical whereas in the Termes group, (mostly) symmetrical.

There is scant document of this species in this location (except in some references as Malaysiocapritermes for which I could not find definitive referential morphological material) and I have classified all the species I have encountered under undocumented. With little information available, this classification should be considered unconfirmed for the first species and the subsequent two species I have provisionally reclassified as Pseudocaprimes (from morphological comparison to the published documentation on Pseudocaprimes). This is due to the shorter (length to width ratio of) head capsule in the second to fourth species listed here. 

The first species in this post is the largest so far that I have come across, not just of this genus but also of all the genera grouped under Mirocapritermes and Termes group.















Capritermes sp02





Pseudocapritermes sp01

This species is actually currently classified under Capritermes complex: Pseudocapritermes. I shall move this once a page on this genus is published here.






Pseudocapritermes sp02

This species is actually currently classified under Capritermes complex: Pseudocapritermes. I shall move this once a page on this genus is published here.





Pseudocapritermes sp03

In this species the head capsule (length to width ratio) is shortest among the three listed here.




Taxonomy:
Cellular organisms; 131567
Eukaryota; 2759
Opisthokonta; 33154
Metazoa; 33208
Eumetazoa; 6072
Bilateria; 33213
Coelomata; 33316
Protostomia; 33317
Panarthropoda; 88770
Phylum: Arthropoda; 6656
Mandibulata; 197563
Pancrustacea; 197562
Hexapoda; 6960
Class: Insecta; 50557
Dicondylia; 85512
Pterygota; 7496
Neoptera; 33340
Infraclass: Orthopteroidea; 33341
Superorder: Dictyoptera; 6970
Order: Blattodea 85823
Suborder: Isoptera; 7499
Family: Termitidae; 46569
Subfamily: Termitinae; 92738
Termes group; 377834
Genus: Capritermes; 187526
             Pseudocapritermes


Last Updated: 2016 02 05
First Posted: 2015 07 07
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