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The taxonomy of termites and its importance to agriculture

The taxonomy of termites and its importance to agriculture


A short account of the effects of termites on agriculture in tropical and subtropical regions is given. The need is stressed for further work on the taxonomy of termites leading to a means of rapid recognition in the field of common termites which may affect agricultural practice. The possibility of using the characteristics of the termitarium for purposes of identification is mentioned as differences in the form of the nest are often much greater and more easily recognizable than morphological differences between termites themselves. Figures of the termitaria of 2 closely related spp. of the genus Macrotermes are given to illustrate this point. A number of details are given of the method of collecting termites for taxonomic purposes and of the data which should be noted in each case.

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