Developmental Pathways in Microcerotermes turneri (Termitidae: Termitinae): Biometric Descriptors of Worker Caste and Instar

Stewart, A. D. and Zalucki, M. P. (2006) Developmental Pathways in Microcerotermes turneri (Termitidae: Termitinae): Biometric Descriptors of Worker Caste and Instar. Sociobiology, 48 3: 727-740.

Author Stewart, A. D.
Zalucki, M. P.
Title Developmental Pathways in Microcerotermes turneri (Termitidae: Termitinae): Biometric Descriptors of Worker Caste and Instar
Journal name Sociobiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-6525
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 727
End page 740
Total pages 14
Place of publication Chico
Publisher California State University
Language eng
Subject C1
270504 Invertebrate Biology
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract The foraging process of location and exploitation of food in complex termite societies is in part reliant upon unequal division of specific tasks amongst its members (polyethism). To conduct studies assessing the role of individuals in foraging activities it is necessary to have descriptors of worker caste and instar. Here we provide biometric descriptors of specific caste and instar for worker caste and instars of Microcerotermes turneri (Froggatt) (Termitidae: Termitinae) for the worker castes (male and female) for the identification of individuals in laboratory assays applicable across multiple nests. The use of head width for determining sex of workers was successful across multiple nests. The length of the first three flagellum segments of the antenna and tibia three could be used to determine worker instar.
Keyword Caste
Instar
Isoptera
Biometric Descriptor
Entomology
Rhinotermitidae
Polyethism
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

 
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