Rhynchotermes bulbinasus Scheffrahn

Constantini, Joice P. & Cancello, Eliana M., 2016, A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical termite genus Rhynchotermes (Isoptera, Termitidae, Syntermitinae), Zootaxa 4109 (5), pp. 501-522: 506-508

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scientific name

Rhynchotermes bulbinasus Scheffrahn
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Rhynchotermes bulbinasus Scheffrahn 

Rhynchotermes bulbinasus Scheffrahn 2010: 63  –68 ( major  and minor soldiers, fig. 2–4; worker, fig. 5–6; map, fig. 1); Krishna et al. 2013: 1472 (catalog).

Holotype. Major  soldier. 2.vi. 2009, elev. 113 m, J. Chase col., UFFL CO- 270 (not examined).

Type-locality. COLOMBIA. Sucre: Buenavista, lat 9.3145 N, long 75.0285 W.

Paratype. Sucre: Sincelejo, lat 9.3776 N, long 75.4330 W, 02.vi. 2009, R. Scheffrahn col., MZUSP 16115 (2 major  and 3 minor soldiers, 5 workers) (examined).

Imago. Unknown.

Soldier ( Fig. 3View FIGURE 3 C, 4 C, 5 C). Described and illustrated by Scheffrahn 2010: 64–66. Additional measurements given in Tables 3.

Worker. Described and illustrated by Scheffrahn 2010: 64–66. Additional measurements given in Table 2.

Biological notes. Rhynchotermes bulbinasus  has been found feeding on cattle dung and under stones in an area of pasture as well as occupying an abandoned nest of Amitermes foreli Wasmann ( Scheffrahn 2010)  . Scheffrahn (op. cit.) also recorded a gallery covered to a depth of about 15 centimeters that involved a hole in the ground through which workers and soldiers passed to forage and which may indicate a foraging behavior similar to that described for R. perarmatus  . The following was recorded in field notes for samples deposited at the Museu de Zoologia da USP ( MZUSP 11197): "in planting of Tabebuia rosea  . Epigeal nest, sometimes leaning on trees, made of soil, very hard. "

Comparisons. Rhynchotermes perarmatus  and R. bulbinasus  are very similar but can be differentiated by the bulbous frontal tube and dimorphic soldier of the last whilst R. perarmatus  has a subcylindrical frontal tube and monomorphic soldier.

Other material examined. COLOMBIA. Córdoba. Chimá, Montería, 22.vii. 2002, J. Pujada-Villar col., MZUSP 11197.

MZUSP

Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo

USP

University of the South Pacific

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Isoptera

Family

Termitidae

Genus

Rhynchotermes

Loc

Rhynchotermes bulbinasus Scheffrahn

Constantini, Joice P. & Cancello, Eliana M. 2016
2016
Loc

Rhynchotermes bulbinasus

Krishna 2013: 1472
Scheffrahn 2010: 63
2013