Termites (Isoptera) of the World

A list of valid termite species

(updated to Zoological Record, Vol 132 1995/1996)



 

Family / Subfamily

# Genera

# Species 

Termopsidae 

5

20

Hodotermitidae 

3

19

Mastotermitidae 

1

1

Kalotermitidae 

22

419

Rhinotermitidae 

14

343

Serritermitidae 

1

1

Termitidae 
   Macrotermitinae  
   Nasutitermitinae  
   Amitermitinae  
   Apicotermitinae  
   Cubitermitinae  
   Termitinae 

14 

91 

17 

43 

28 

43

349 

663 

295 

202 

161 

288

Totals 

282 

2,761

 

References:

Based on Snyder (1949), Roonwal (1962), Krishna (1961), Araujo (1977), Zoological Record
1960-1995, Termite Abstracts Vols. 3 (1983) & 4 (part 1) (1984 in part),  &  other  references listed at
the end.   "zr" indicates year record appeared in Zoological Record (the  actual date of description
may be the same or  may be one or a few years earlier).  Most   taxa  listed  without  dates are from
Snyder (1949).

Araujo, R. L. 1977. Catalogo Dos Isoptera Do Novo Mundo. Academia Brasileira de Ciencias, Rio
     de Janeiro
.  92 pp.

Bose, G. 1984.  Termites fauna of southern India. Records of the Zoological Survery of India,
     Misc. Publication Occasional Paper No. 49, 270 pp.

Chhotani, O. B. 1997. The fauna of India and the adjacent countries: Isoptera (Termites) Volume II
     (Family Termitidae). Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta.

Constantino, R.  1998. Catalog of the Living Termites of the New World.
     http://www.cals.cornell.edu/dept/bionb/isoptera/catal/intro.htm

Deligne J. & J. M. Pasteels. 1969. Morphologie, developmmement et affinites de Labidotermes
     celisi gen. nov., sp. n. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 79: 145-164.

Fontes, L.R. 1985. New genera & new species of Nasutitermitinae from the Neotropical region
     (Isoptera, Termitidae). Revta.  bras. Zool., S Paulo 3(1):7-25.

Gao, D.-R. & Guo J.-Q. 1995. A new  species of Nasutitermes from China (Isoptera: Termitidae:
 Nasutitermitinae). Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 20(2): 207-210

Gay, F. J. & J. A. L. Watson. 1982. The genus Crpytotermes in Australia (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae).
 Aust. J. Zool. Supplementary Series No. 88:1-64.

Huang, F.-s. G.-x. Li, and S.-m. Zhu. 1989. The taxonomy and biology of Chinese termites.
     Tianze Press, China. 605 pp.

Krecek, J., R. H. Scheffrahn, and Y. Roisin. 1996. Greater Antillean Nasutitermitinae (Isoptera:
     Termitidae): Constrictotermes guantanamensis, a new subterranean termite from eatern
 Cuba. Fla. Entomol. 79: 180-187.

Krishna, K. 1961. A generic revision & phylogenetic study of the family Kalotermitidae (Isoptera).
     Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 112(4):303-408.

Krishna, K. 1962. New species of the genera Allotermes Wasmann, Bicornitermes Krishna,
     Epicalotermes Silvestri, and Procryptotermes Holmgren (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae). Am.
     Mus. Novitates. No 2119: 1-25
 
Krishna, K. 1965. Termites (Isoptera) of Burma. Am. Mus. Novitates 2210:1-34.

Krishna, K.1968. Phylogeny & generic reclassification of the Capritermes complex  (Isoptera,
     Termitidae, Termitinae). Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 138(5):261-324.

Krishna, K. & C. Adams. 1982. The Oriental termite genus Labritermes Holmgren  (Isoptera,
     Termitidae, Termitinae). Am. Mus. Novitates. 2735:1-14,figs.1-8, tables1-4.

Miller, L. R. 1984. Invasitermes, a new genus of soldierless termites from northern Australia
     (Isoptera: Termitidae). J.  Aust. Ent. Soc. 23:33-37.

Miller, L. Rl 1984. The Australian genera of the Subulitermes branch of the nasutitermitinae
     (Isoptera: Termitidae). J.  Aust. Ent. Soc. 23:119-125.

Miller, L. R. 1991. A revision of the Termes-Capritermes branch of the Termitinae in
     Australia (Isoptera: Termitidae).  Invertebr. Taxon.  4: 1147-1282

Pearce, M. J. and B. S. Waite. 1994. A list of termite genera (Isoptera) with comments on
     taxonomic changes and regional distribution. Sociobiology 23 (3): 247-263.

Rathore, N. S. 1995? A new species of Cryptotermes (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) from Gujarat,
     India
. Haxapoda (Insecta Indica) 6(1): 19-32.

Roison, Y. 1995. Humivorous nasute termites (Isoptera: Nasutitermitinae) from the Panama
     Canal
area. Belg. J. Zool. 125(2): 283-300.

Roisin, Y. and J. M. Pasteels. 1996.  The nasute termites (Isoptera: Nasutitermitinae) of Papua
     New Guinea
. Invertebrate Taxonomy 10: 507-616.

Roisin, Y., R. H. Scheffrahn, and J. Krecek. 1996. Generic revision of the smaller nasute
     termites of the Greater Antilles (Isoptera, Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae). Ann. Entomol.
     Soc. Am. 89 (6): 775-787.
 
Roonwal, M. L. 1962. Recent developments in termite systematics (1946-60). pp.31-50.  In:
     Termites In The Humid Tropics.   Proc. New Delhi Symp. Oct. 1960. UNESCO.

Roonwal, M. L. and O. B. Chhotani. 1989. The Fauna of India and the Adjacent Countries: Isoptera
     (Termites) Vol. 1, Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta. 672 pp.
 
Ruelle, J. E. 1970. A revision of the termites of the genus Macrotermes from the  Ethiopian
     region (Isoptera:  Termitidae). Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Entomol.  24(9):366-444.

Sands, W. A. 1972. The soldierless termites of Africa (Isoptera: Termitidae). Bull. Brit. Mus.
 (Nat. Hist.), Entomol. Suppl. 18, 244 pp. + 9 plates.

Sands, W. A. 1992. The termite genus Amitermes in Africa and the Middle East. NRI Bullentin 51.
     140 pp. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute.

Snyder, T. E. 1949. Catalog of the termites (Isoptera) of the world. Smithsonian  Miscellaneous
     Collections Vol. 112,  490 pp.

Thakur, M. L. and R. K. Thakur. 1992. Termite fauna of Krakatou and associated islands, Sunda
     Straits, Indonesia. Treubia 30(3): 213-317.

Watson, J. A. L.  and H. M. Abbey. 1993. Atlas of Australian Termites. CSIRO, Australia, 155
     pp.

Watson, J. A. L., F. J. Gay, & R. A. Barrett. 1984. The identity of Kalotermes improbus Hagen
     (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae). J. Aust. Ent. Soc. 23:193-197.

Watson, J.A.L. and D. H. Perry. 1981. The Australian harvester termites of the genus
     Drepanotermes (Isoptera: Termitidae). Australian J. Zool. Supplementary Series, No.
     78: 1-153.

Zhu Shimo, Zhang, Changhai, Liu Huaquin & Cai Jing. 1995.  A new species of the genus
     Macrotermes from southern Yunnan China (Isoptera: Termitidae). Zoological Research
     16(1): 1-6.