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Data from: Cryptotermes colombianus a new drywood termite and distribution record of Cryptotermes in Colombia

Citation

Casalla, Robin; Scheffrahn, Rudolf H.; Korb, Judith; Scheffrahn, Rudolf (2016), Data from: Cryptotermes colombianus a new drywood termite and distribution record of Cryptotermes in Colombia, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.cq4td

Abstract

A new species of drywood termite (Kalotermitidae), Cryptotermes colombianus, is described and new records for Cryptotermes cylindroceps and Cryptotermes mangoldi are presented from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. C. colombianus is described from two soldiers and genetic sequences. This unusual species differs noticeably from other regional Cryptotermes species for its weak and inconspicuous definition of the frontal and genal horns and its acute angle of the frons with respect to the vertex. C. colombianus clustered with species from the Ethiopian and Oriental region and it is closely related to Cryptotermes havilandi. C. cylindroceps is widely distributed along the Colombian Caribbean coast, commonly associated with dead wood in mangrove habitats. It also is commonly found in wooden furniture, constituting an important household pest. C. mangoldi is reported from the Caribbean mainland for the first time. With these new records, there are now five Cryptotermes species for Colombia, including the pest species Cryptotermes brevis and Cryptotermes dudleyi. This new description raises the numbers of Neotropical Cryptotermes to a total of 34 species, of which 2 are fossils, 4 introduced, and 28 endemic.

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Location

Colombia
Colombian Caribbean coast
Atlantico
Bolivar
Magdalena
Sucre