Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches.

  title={Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches.},
  author={Daegan J. G. Inward and G. W. Beccaloni and Paul Eggleton},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={3 3},
Termites are instantly recognizable mound-builders and house-eaters: their complex social lifestyles have made them incredibly successful throughout the tropics. Although known as 'white ants', they are not ants and their relationships with other insects remain unclear. Our molecular phylogenetic analyses, the most comprehensive yet attempted, show that termites are social cockroaches, no longer meriting being classified as a separate order (Isoptera) from the cockroaches (Blattodea). Instead… CONTINUE READING
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