Over 200 monitoring devices were installed at five sites across the state of Oklahoma. Termites were collected from September 2001 through August 2002 from active monitoring devices, as well as infested stumps and buildings. Four species of Reticulitermes including R. flavipes (Kollar), R. virginicus (Banks), R. tibialis Banks, and R. hageni Banks, as well as Gnathamitermes tubiformans (Buckley) were identified as indigenous to Oklahoma. Survey findings extended the known ranges of both R. virginicus and G. tubiformans. The dampwood termites, Zootermopsis angusticollis (Hagen) and Zootermopsis nevadensis (Hagen), and the drywood termites Incisitermes minor (Hagen) and Cryptotermes brevis (Walker), are occasionally shipped to Oklahoma in lumber and furniture from western states. A morphological study of the genus Reticulitermes identified five characteristics that may be useful for separating the two sympatric species R. flavipes and R. virginicus.
Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes flavipes (eastern subterranean termite)
Species 2: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes virginicus
Species 3: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes hageni
Keywords: taxonomy, survey
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