Diversitermes

Oliveira, Danilo Elias & Constantino, Reginaldo, 2016, A taxonomic revision of the neotropical termite genus Diversitermes (Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae), Zootaxa 4158 (2), pp. 221-245: 227-228

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4158.2.5

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:3FCFD824-EB38-4CC4-93A0-16045C271436

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/038C87C0-9F1D-3674-CF83-F9FF6F8E252C

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Plazi

scientific name

Diversitermes
status

 

Key to the soldiers of Diversitermes 

Remarks. Diversitermes diversimiles  and D. tiapuan  , sp. n., are difficult to separate based on soldier morphology alone, even when all soldier forms are present. In case of doubt, identification should be confirmed by examination of the enteric valve armature. The use of this key requires samples with major and intermediate soldiers.

1. Head brownish yellow; nasus short ( Figs. 4View FIGURE 4 B, 4C, 5B, 5C, 6B, 6C). Head capsule of major soldier pear-shaped with sides strongly converging anteriorly in dorsal view; posterior margin evenly rounded ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 B). Head capsule of intermediate soldier with convex sides in dorsal view, with a slight constriction behind antennae; subapical region of nasus dilated ( Figs. 5View FIGURE 5 B, 5C).......................................................................................... D. castaniceps 

- Head usually dark chestnut brown to dark brown ( Figs. 4View FIGURE 4 D, 4L, 5D – 5I, 6G –L). Head capsule of major soldier nearly elliptic, sometimes slightly angular; lateral sides parallel or convex, not converging anteriorly ( Figs. 4View FIGURE 4 E, H, K). Head capsule of intermediate soldier with concave sides in dorsal view; subapical region of nasus variable ( Figs. 5View FIGURE 5 E, F, H, I)................. 2

2. Intermediate soldier: length of nasus shorter than height of head at the insertion of antennae ( Fig. 5View FIGURE 5 F); subapical region of nasus dilated ( Figs. 5View FIGURE 5 E, F).................................................................. D. diversimiles 

- Intermediate soldier: length of nasus equal or longer than height of head at the insertion of antennae ( Fig. 5View FIGURE 5 I); subapical region of nasus not dilated ( Figs. 5View FIGURE 5 H, I)............................................................. D. tiapuan  , sp. n.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Isoptera

Family

Termitidae