oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On soldier polymorphism in Ethiopian Macrotermitinae, with special reference to Odontotermes okahandjae Fuller (Isoptera: Termitidae)

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Measurements are presented which reveal that the soldier caste of Odontotermes okahandjae Fuller is dimorphic, not trimorphic as postulated by Fuller. This situation is compared with that in other species of Odontotermes, where a dimorphic soldier caste is rather exceptional, and in the related genus Macrotermes, where the soldier caste (always dimorphic) has minor soldiers which are less variable than these of O. okahandjae.

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