The importance of proper taxonomic identification, a case study with Reticulitermes spp. from USA

IRG/WP 12-10774

Su Yee Lim, B T Forschler

Taxonomy has been evolving with recent advancement in molecular and internet technologies. The importance of a stable taxonomic foundation is unquestionable as this science provides crucial information about evolutionary relationships and allows questions about the life history and ecology of organisms to be asked. We hope to highlight the issues and lessons we have learned from revising the taxonomy of the native subterranean termite from the southeastern region of the United States in this paper.

Keywords: systematics, Rhinotermitidae, morphology, subterranean termite, North America

Conference: 12-05-06/10 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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