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Polymorphism of sterile castes in Odontotermes obesus (Rambur) (Isoptera: Termitidae: Macrotermitinae)



Polymorphism of sterile castes in Odontotermes obesus (Rambur) (Isoptera: Termitidae: Macrotermitinae)



Annals of Entomology 1993; 9(2): 77-83



Sterile instars of Odontotermes obesus include a single 1st larval instar (L1) in which males and females are morphologically similar but histologically distinguishable. From L1, small 2nd (SL2) and large 2nd (LL2) larval instars develop. These are respectively followed by small 3rd (SL3) and large 3rd (LL3) larval instars. SL3 and LL3 develop into small and large worker lines, resp., without any further instars. The soldier caste is derived from SL3.

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