The sternal glands of termites: segmental pattern, phylogenetic implications

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In Mastotermitidae, 3 sternal glands are observed on the 3rd, 4th and 5th abdominal segments. All other families only bear one gland, set on the 4th segment in Termopsidae and Hodotermitidae, and on the 5th in Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, Serritermitidae and Termitidae. This character may be useful for a phylogenetic analysis.

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Noirot, C. The sternal glands of termites: segmental pattern, phylogenetic implications. Ins. Soc 42, 321–323 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01240427

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Key words

  • Isoptera
  • sternal glands
  • phytogeny