#Biodiversity150 number 20 of 150 Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite

20/150: God Save the Queen!

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Isoptera: Archotermopsidae: Zootermopsis: Zootermopsis angusticollis (Hagen, 1858)

Termites are insects that have survived for over 120 million years! Featured today is the Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite (Zootermopsis angusticollis). They are unlike most organisms by having complex social systems compromised of different castes of workers, soldiers and reproductives. Each caste serves a different function with workers having no sexual organs and being solely responsible for building, grooming and performing other duties for the colony. The soldiers resemble workers but have large mandibles that are used for protecting the colony against predators and competitors such as ants or other termites.  The reproductives are future kings and queens tasked with starting new colonies, and are known for biparental care which increases their chance of survival as a colony by double! In an experiment comparing single parent vs. two parent colonies, 3 out of 4 single parent colonies became biparental which goes to show even termites get lonely! #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

A Pacific Coast Dampwood worker termite. Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group
A fully mature queen termite with workers. Photo Credit: CSIRO goo.gl/UxLhjz

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID:  CNGUG014-15

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Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:ACD2582

Title Image: Specimen BIOUG18506-C06 – Gulf Islands National Park – 29-Aug-2014 – Malaise Trap
Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics


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