New records of Termite species from Kerala (Isoptera: Termitidae)

Main Article Content

Poovoli Amina
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0484-7677
K. Rajmohana
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9419-6582
K. V. Bhavana
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9034-5445
P. P. Rabeeha
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1843-5873

Abstract

The present taxonomic study on the termites of Kerala, reports six species and one genus for the first time from the state.  They are Odontotermes yadevi Thakur, Microtermes unicolor Snyder Grallatotermes niger Chatterjee and Thapa, Nasutitermes matangensis matangensis (Haviland), Dicuspiditermes gravelyi (Silvestri) and Microcerotermes minor Holmgren.  The Genus Grallatotermes Holmgren is documented for the first time from Kerala.  O. yadevi recovered from firewood is hereby added to the list of wood destroying termites of India.

Article Details

How to Cite
[1]
Amina, P., Rajmohana, K., Bhavana, K.V. and Rabeeha, P.P. 2016. New records of Termite species from Kerala (Isoptera: Termitidae). Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 11 (Sep. 2016), 9334–9338. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3067.8.11.9334-9338.
Section
Short Communications

References

Amina, P. & K. Rajmohana (2013). First record of the genus Ceylonitermellus Emerson (Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae) in southern India based on a new mainland species from the Kerala ghats. Colemania 39: 1–10.

Amina, P & K. Rajmohana (2014). Status, Diversity and Significance of Termites (Insecta: Isoptera) of Kerala. Proceedings of the National Conference on Modern Trends in Zoological Research, 254–258pp.

Amina, P, K. Rajmohana, C. Bijoy, C. Radhakrishnan & N. Saha (2013). First record of the Srilankan Processional Termite, Hospitalitermes monoceros (Konig) (Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae) from India. Halteres 4: 48-52.

Chatterjee, P.N. & R.S. Thapa (1964). A new species of the genus Grallatotermes from India (Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae). Indian Forester 90(4): 210–214.

Chhotani, O.B. (1997). The Fauna of India and the Adjacent Countries. Isoptera (Termites): (Family Termitidae) - Vol. 2. Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta, xx+800pp.

Cowie, R.H., J.W.M. Logan, & T.G. Wood (1989). Termite (Isoptera) damage and control in tropical forestry with special reference to Africa and Indo-Malaysia: a review. Bulletin of Entomological Research 79: 173–184.

Donovan, S.E., P. Eggleton & D.E. Bignell (2001). Gut content analysis and a new feeding group classification of termites. Ecological Entomology 26: 356–366.

Haviland, G.D. (1898). Observations on termites; with descriptions of new species. Journal of the Linnean Society of London 26(169): 358–442+4pls.

Holmgren, N. (1914). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise nach Ostindien, ausgefuhrt im Auftrage der Kgl. Preuss. Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin von H. v. Buttel-Reepen. III. Termiten aus Sumatra, Java, Malacca und Ceylon. Gesammelt von Herrn Prof. Dr. v. Buttel-Reepen in den Jahren 1911–1912. Zoologische Jahrbucher, Abteilung fur Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere 36 (2–3): 229–290.

Krishna K., Grimaldi, A. David, V. Krishna & M.S. Engel (2013). “Treatise on the Isoptera of the world. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History no. 377 (http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/ handle/2246/6430).

Lee, K.E. & T.G. Wood (1971). Termites and Soils. London: Academic Press, x+251pp.

Pearce, M. (1997). Termites: Biology and Pest Management. 1st Edition. CAB International, Chatham, UK, 172pp.

Silvestri, F. (1922). Descriptions of some Indo-Malayan species of Capritermes (Termitidae). Records of the Indian Museum 24(4): 535–546.

Snyder, T.E. (1933). Two new termites from India. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 46: 91–93.

Shanbhag, R., R. Sundararaj & S.I. Ahmad (2013). Wood Destroying Termites (Insecta: Isoptera) of India and their Economic Importance. Animal Diversity, Natural history and Conservation 2: 69–102.

Thakur, M.L. (1981). Revision of the termite genus Odontotermes Holmgren (Isoptera: Termitidae: Macrotermitinae) from India. Indian Forest Records (n.s.), Entomology 14(2): i–vi+1–183.

Wood, T.G. & W.A. Sands (1978). The role of termites in ecosystems, pp. 245–292. In: Brian, M.V. (ed.). The Production Ecology of Ants and Termites. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.