Caste developmental pathways in colonies of Coptotermes lacteus (Froggatt) headed by primary reproductives (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae)

@article{Roisin1999CasteDP,
  title={Caste developmental pathways in colonies of Coptotermes lacteus (Froggatt) headed by primary reproductives (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae)},
  author={Yves Roisin and Michael Lenz},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={273-280}
}
Coptotermes is a widespread and economically important genus, but essential features of its caste system remain poorly known. In the Australian species, C. lacteus (Froggatt, 1898), Lenz and Runko (1993) found that orphaned colonies, headed by nymphoid replacement reproductives, produce all year round a brood of nymphs which is almost exclusively male. A detailed study of castes in colonies of C. lacteus headed by primary reproductives was thus desirable, firstly as a fundamental contribution… CONTINUE READING