Eremotermes neoparadoxalis Ahmad, 1955 (Isoptera: Termitidae: Amitermitinae) a new record from Haryana, India

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Nidhi Kakkar
Sanjeev Kumar Gupta


We report a new record of Eremotermes neoparadoxalis from Haryana, India. Eremotermes Silvestri, 1911 is a highly dispersed genus epitomized by 10 species, six of which have been reported in India, including E. paradoxalis in Harayana. Taxonomic descriptions provided with illustrations of general morphology and measurements of body length, head length with and without mandibles, body pigmentation, antennae segments, tibial spur, tarsal segments, head width, and body width. These keys along with photographs are prepared for both soldier and worker castes of E. neoparadoxalis.

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