New species of termite Pericapritermes travancorensis sp. nov. (Isoptera: Termitidae: Termitinae) from India

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Jobin Mathew
Chinnu Ipe


A new species of Pericapritermes, P. travancorensis sp. nov. (Isoptera, Termitidae, Termitinae), is described from Kerala, India, based on the characters of the king, queen, imago, soldiers, and workers.  Morphological measurements of the king, queen, imago, soldiers, and workers are given with suitable illustrations.  List of species of the genus Pericapritermes from the Oriental region is provided.

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Jobin Mathew, Department of Zoology, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala 686001, India

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