Diversity of the Anoplotermes-group: an integrative approach

Category: 
Pilot project
Acronym: 
Dag
Coordinator: 
Maurice Leponce (RBINS) and Thomas Bourguignon (ULB)
JEMU partner: 
Zoltán T. Nagy, Gontran Sonet
Project summary: 
Termites are among the most abundant animals in tropical rainforest but still remain far from well-known, what is especially true for one group, the Anoplotermes-group. It is before all due to absence of soldier caste in this group, which is fundamental for termite species discrimination. In this study, we are planning to answer the following question: Are morphological characters supported by genetic evidence in species recognition of the Anoplotermes-group ?
Collaborations: 
Yves Roisin, Eco-éthologie évolutive, ULB Student training (2009): Joris Vermeulen, KHLeuven Student training (2009): Aurélie Dery, 1st Master at ULB
Lab work progress: 
Completed: > 60 COI, 30 12S rRNA, 30 COII and 30 28S rRNA sequences produced
Data analysis: 
Completed
Starting date: 
1st December 2008
Project status: 
Completed

Output:
2 Peer-reviewed papers:
Bourguignon, T., Scheffrahn, R.H., Krecek, J., Nagy, Z.T., Sonet, G. & Roisin, Y. 2010. Towards a revision of the Neotropical soldierless termites (Isoptera : Termitidae): redescription of the genus Anoplotermes and description of Longustitermes, gen. nov. Invertebrate Systematics 24: 357–370. [IF: 2.492]

Bourguignon, T., Scheffrahn, R.H., Nagy, Z. T., Sonet, G., Host, B., Roisin, Y. 2016. Towards a revision of the Neotropical soldierless termites (Isoptera: Termitidae): redescription of the genus Grigiotermes  Mathews and description of five new genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 15 - 35. [IF: 2.316]

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith