Ecology of Termites

  title={Ecology of Termites},
  author={Syed Kamran Ahmad and Hassan Ali Dawah and Md. Aslam Khan},
Termites show a structured social life, provisioned with work-based divisions, i.e., king, queen, workers, and soldiers. Ecologically, termites interact with living and nonliving surroundings and deliver a wide range of behaviors. They ensure the survival of colony members by harvesting food, constructing shelters, defending the external and internal threats, and nourishing the new borne progeny in a systematic manner. The termites are equipped with complex characteristics such as chemical… 
Termite Ecology in the First Two Decades of the 21st Century: A Review of Reviews
Overall, the thesis that termites have a major impact on, and are major indicators of soil health and landscape integrity in the tropics and sub-tropics is maintained, but the drivers of local diversity, abundance and biomass remain complex, with many biographical, edaphic and optimum sampling issues not completely resolved.
Phylogenetic and morphological classification of Ophiocordyceps species on termites from Thailand
Phylogenetic analyses based on a combined dataset comprising the internal transcribed spacer regions (ITS), the largest subunit (LSU) of the ribosomal DNA, partial regions of the elongation factor 1-α (TEF) and the largest and second largest subunits for the RNA polymerase genes (RPB1, RPB2) strongly support the placement of these seven new species in Ophiocordyceps.


Feeding groups, lifetypes and the global ecology of termites
Two termite functional classifications are evaluated, and then synthesized to make a single unified ‘lifeway’ matrix classification with eight categories, using the lifeway classification as a framework for the global ecology of termites.
Termite Nests: Architecture, Regulation and Defence
Termite nest architecture evolved along with changes in lifestyle, the basic building behaviour being transmitted through the genes of reproductives. The main selective pressure is thought to have
Behavior and Ecology of Foraging in Termites
The degree of caste polyethism seems to be correlated with termite ecology, and division of labor is most elaborate in fungus-growing termites such as Macrotermes.
Trophic interactions between ants and termites that share common nests
The neotropical termite Nasutitermes corniger (Motschulsky) cohabits with various ants species, and radioactive markers indicated that nutrients flow from ants to termites and vice versa.
Biology of Termites: A Modern Synthesis
Biology of Termites, a Modern Synthesis brings together the major advances in termite biology, phylogenetics, social evolution and biogeography made in the decade since Abe et al Termites: Evolution,
Enemy deterrence in the recruitment strategy of a termite: Soldier-organized foraging in Nasutitermes costalis.
  • J. Traniello
  • Biology, Medicine
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1981
The nasute soldiers of the neotropical termite Nasutitermes costalis function as scouts by exploring new terrain for food in advance of the worker caste and regulate foraging activity by laying
Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology
Theories on the Sociality of Termites M.H. Leuthold, S.A. Kambhampati, P. Eggleton and D.E. Bignell's "Global Patterns of Termite Diversity" are summarized.
Chemical Systematics of Termite Exocrine Secretions
This review will stress the comparative aspects of soldier-defense chemicals, worker trail-following and alate-calling pheromones, and cuticular hydrocarbons in assessing the relationships among taxa.
Prey Capture Behavior in an Arboreal African Ponerine Ant
The predatory behavior of Platythyrea conradti, an arboreal ponerine ant, whereas most species in this subfamily are ground-dwelling is studied, where the workers are able to capture a wide range of prey, including termites and agile, nocturnal insects as well as diurnal insects that are inactive at that moment of the Nyctemeron.
Chemical regulation of polyethism during foraging in the neotropical termiteNasutitermes costalis
The soldiers of Nasutitermes costalis communicate information about the presence and location of food by laying chemical trails of sternal gland secretion, and as the number of soldiers contacting food and returning to the nest increases, trail pheromone concentration increases, and workers are recruited.