Carcass consumption by Nasutitermes callimorphus (Blattodea: Isoptera) in highland forests from Brazil

Main Article Content

Igor Eloi
Mário Herculano de Oliveira
Maria Avany Bezerra-Gusmão

Abstract

This note reports the occurrence of carcass feeding by Nasutitermes callimorphus, a endemic termite from brazilian evergreen forests. Based on this observation and previous reports, it is plausible to think that drought may play a important role in the occurrence of necrophagy in termites.

Article Details

How to Cite
[1]
Eloi, I., Oliveira, M.H. de and Bezerra-Gusmão, M.A. 2020. Carcass consumption by Nasutitermes callimorphus (Blattodea: Isoptera) in highland forests from Brazil. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 9 (Jun. 2020), 16187–16189. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.5510.12.9.16187-16189.
Section
Notes

References

AESA (2019). http://www.aesa.pb.gov.br/aesa-website/. Accessed 27 October 2019.

Bignell, D. & P. Eggleton (2000). Termites in ecosystems, pp. 363–388. In: Abe, T., D. Bignell & M. Higashi (eds.). Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology. Kluwer Academic Publisher, 453pp.

Bucek, A., J. Šobotník, S. He, M. Shi, D.P. McMahon, E.C. Holmes, Y. Roisin, N. Lo & T. Bourguignon (2019). Evolution of termite symbiosis informed by transcriptome-based phylogenies. Current Biology 29(21): 3728–3734. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.076 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.076

Constantino, R. (2002). The pest termites of South America: taxonomy, distribution and status. Journal of Applied Entomology 126(7–8): 355–365. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1439-0418.2002.00670.x DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1439-0418.2002.00670.x

Freymann, B.P., S.N. de Visser, E.P. Mayemba & H. Olff (2007). Termites of the genus Odontotermes are optionally keratophagous. Ecotropica 13(2): 143–147.

Lima, J.T. & A.M. Costa-Leonardo (2007). Recursos alimentares explorados pelos cupins (Insecta: Isoptera). Biota Neotropica 7(2): 243–250.

Prestes, A.C., K.P. Tepedino, C. Kosmann & J.R. Pujol-Luz (2014). First record of Rhynchotermes nasutissimus (Silvestri) (Isoptera: Syntermitinae) associated with rat carrion in Brasília, Brazil. EntomoBrasilis 7(1): 58–61.

Queiroz, R.A., E.P. Soriano, M.V.D. Carvalho, A.F. Caldas-Junior, E.H.A. Souza, L.G.T.M. Coelho-Junior, R.I.C. Campello, A.C. Almeida, R.C.A.P. Farias & A. Vasconcellos (2017). First forensic records of termite activity on non-fossilized human bones in Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology 77(1): 127–131. https://doi.org/10.1590/1519-6984.11415 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/1519-6984.11415

Thorne, B.L. & R.B. Kimsey (1983). Attraction of neotropical Nasutitermes termites to carrion. Biotropica 15(4): 295–296.

Wood, T.G. (1978). Food and feeding habits of termites, pp. 55–80. In: Brian, M.V. (ed.). Production Ecology of Ants and Termites. Cambridge University Press, London, 401pp.

Most read articles by the same author(s)