The 2005 ESA Annual Meeting and Exhibition
December 15-18, 2005
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 8:12 AM

Division of labor in termites: What is known

Michael Crosland, mikecrosland@hotmail.com1, James Traniello, jft@bu.edu2, Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, rhsc@ufl.edu1, and Nan-Yao Su, nysu@ufl.edu1. (1) University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research Center, 3205 College Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, (2) Boston University, Biology, 5 Cummington St, Boston, MA

Compared with the social Hymenoptera, in the Isoptera a relatively large amount of information is lacking about which castes actually do the work in the colony and whether tasks are divided up within each caste. Division of labor is compared among all the major termites families addressing issues such as dependent castes and the presence or absence of temporal and caste polyethism among workers in families.

Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)
Keywords: task allocation, Isoptera