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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3652.3.6

Compositermes vindai (Isoptera: Termitidae: Apicotermitinae), a new genus and species of soldierless termite from the Neotropics

RUDOLF H. SCHEFFRAHN

Abstract


The New World Anoplotermes group is a common and diverse clade of soil-dwelling soldierless termites that is undergo-ing needed taxonomic reclassification. Based on robust worker gut morphology centered near the enteric valve, a new ge-nus and its singular species, Compositermes vindai, are described from collections encompassing a massive expanse of tropical America. The enteric valve armature is thought to enhance inoculation of the food stream with symbiotic bacteria.


Keywords


French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Anoplotermes group, enteric valve seating, proctodeal segments

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