Comparison of the spatial distribution and reproductive cycle of Reticulitermes santonensis Feytaud and Reticulitermes lucifugus grassei Clément (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) suggests that they represent introduced and native species, respectively

  title={Comparison of the spatial distribution and reproductive cycle of Reticulitermes santonensis Feytaud and Reticulitermes lucifugus grassei Cl{\'e}ment (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) suggests that they represent introduced and native species, respectively},
  author={F. Vieau},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • F. Vieau
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
Summary: The termites Reticulitermes santonensis (Rs) and R. lucifugus (Rl) were first regarded as different species (Feytaud, 1924) and then as the same species (Buchli, 1958). In later studies, Clément (1978, 1986) and Bagnères et al. (1990) used morphological and chemical (cuticular hydrocarbons) criteria to show that they actually are two distinct species. Feytaud (1924) and Bagnères et al. (1990) suggested that Rs could have originated from a North American population of R. flavipes that… 
Genetic analysis of the breeding system of an invasive subterranean termite, Reticulitermes santonensis, in urban and natural habitats
It is hypothesized that the diverse and flexible breeding systems found in subterranean termites pre‐adapt them to invade new or marginal habitats and facilitate human‐mediated spread and establishment of R. santonensis in urban areas with harsh climates.
The life cycle of Reticulitermes spp (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): what do we know?
The subterranean termites in the genus Reticulitermes have a complex and plastic life cycle, which has been the subject of a number of publications over the past century but there are many discrepancies in the literature in terms of the number of instars, the definition of workers and the question of whether they should be termed pseudergates.
Genetic Evidence for the Synonymy of Two Reticulitermes Species: Reticulitermes flavipes and Reticulitermes santonensis
This is the first study that specifically matches haplotypes from North America with populations in Europe, and it is suggested that R. flavipes and R. santonensis should be synonymized.
Ontogenic potentialities of the worker caste in two sympatric subterranean termites in France
The results suggest that these two species differ strongly in many life‐history traits as well as in the physiological control of their caste differentiation system.
Foraging Range Expansion and Colony Genetic Organization in the Subterranean Termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
A positive correlation between colony inbreeding coefficients and colony foraging range for non-Mendelian colonies suggested that the number of separate reproductive centers and/or the allele frequency contrasts between reproductives from separate centers increased with the expansion of a colony’s foraging area.
Origin of a new Reticulitermes termite (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA data.
Spatial and genetic distribution of a north American termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, across the landscape of Paris
It is found that building-related variables were significantly associated with termite infestations and could thus help explain the termite’s spatial distribution pattern in Paris, and railway networks also explain termite propagation and genetic patterns.
Cuticular Hydrocarbon Composition Reflects Genetic Relationship Among Colonies of the Introduced Termite Reticulitermes santonensis Feytaud
It is speculated that the absence of intraspecific aggression in R. santonensis may result from a loss of diversity in genetically derived recognition compounds in this species that presumably descended from R. flavipes populations imported from North America.
Competition between invasive and indigenous species: an insular case study of subterranean termites
The findings suggest that R. flavipes has a significant advantage owing to competitive asymmetry that may enable the species to become dominant within invasive communities, and seems to be some of the reasons for its invasive success.


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