Polyethism in food supply and processing in termite colonies of Macrotermes subhyalinus (Isoptera)


Plant material brought into the colony of the fungus-growing termite Macrotermes subhyalinus is processed exclusively by the castes of sterile adult individuals. There is a division of labour based partly on caste and partly on age groups: 88.8% of the foragers are major workers, 9.2% minor workers and 2% soldiers. The age of 97% of the foragers is more… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00343201


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