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Neotermes phragmosus, a New Dampwood Termite (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) from Southeastern Cuba

Jan Krecek and Rudolf H. Scheffrahn
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 86, No. 1 (Mar., 2003), pp. 73-79
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3496332
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Neotermes phragmosus, a New Dampwood Termite (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) from Southeastern Cuba
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Abstract

Neotermes phragmosus n. sp. is described from the imago and soldier castes. The imago head capsule of N. phragmosus has a distinctly phragmotic and concave frons. Plesiomorphic characters of N. phragmosus unique among the Kalotermitidae include partial separation of the otherwise fused first and second marginal teeth of the left imago/worker mandible, long subcosta and radius, and increased number of antennal articles in both imagos and soldiers. This species is confined to the xeric coastal habitats of southeastern Cuba. /// El Neotermes phragmosus n. sp. es descrito de la casta imago y la casta soldado. La cápsula de la cabeza del imago N. phragmosus tiene el frente distintivamente fragmotico y cóncavo. Las características plesiomorficas del N. phragmosus son únicas entre los Kalotermitidae incluyen la separación parcial de los primeros y segundos dientes marginales de la mandíbula izquierda del imago/trabajador, que en otros casos se encuentra fundidos; un subcosta y un radio largados; y un mayor número de artículos en las antenas en los imagos y los soldados. Esta especie está restríngida a la zona árida costera del sureste de Cuba.

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