Description of an early Cretaceous termite (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) and its associated intestinal protozoa, with comments on their co-evolution

@article{Poinar2009DescriptionOA,
  title={Description of an early Cretaceous termite (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) and its associated intestinal protozoa, with comments on their co-evolution},
  author={G. Poinar},
  journal={Parasites & Vectors},
  year={2009},
  volume={2},
  pages={12 - 12}
}
  • G. Poinar
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Parasites & Vectors
  • BackgroundThe remarkable mutualistic associations between termites and protists are in large part responsible for the evolutionary success of these eusocial insects. It is unknown when this symbiosis was first established, but the present study shows that fossil termite protists existed in the Mesozoic.ResultsA new species of termite (Kalotermes burmensis n. sp.) in Early Cretaceous Burmese amber had part of its abdomen damaged, thus exposing trophic stages and cysts of diverse protists. Some… CONTINUE READING
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