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Disjunctitermes insularis, a new soldierlesstermite genus and species (Isoptera, Termitidae,Apicotermitinae) from Guadeloupe and Peru
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ZooKeys 665: 71–84 (2017)
Scheffrahn, Rudolf
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Disjunctitermes insularis gen. n. & sp. n. is described from workers collected on Guadeloupe and in Peru and is the first soldierless termite found on a deep-water island. As with many soldierless and soil-feeding termite species, the enteric valve morphology is an essential diagnostic character of D. insularis. The D. insularis sequence cluster, derived from a barcode analysis with twelve other described genera of New World Apicotermitinae, is well resolved. Results of a stochastic dynamic spread model suggest that the occurrence of D. insularis on Guadeloupe may be the result of a pre-Colombian overwater dispersal event from mainland South America.
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Rudolf Scheffrahn.

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