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New species of termite Ceylonitermes paulosus sp. nov. (Blattodea: Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae) from Kerala, India

Department of Zoology, CMS College, Kottayam


Research Scholar, Department of Zoology
Department of Zoology, CMS College, Kottayam


Assistant Professor, Department of Zoolgy
Ceylonitermes Kerala New species Nasutitermitinae


The genus Ceylonitermes Holmgren, 1912 represented merely by two species, is endemic to Oriental region. New species of Ceylonitermes, Ceylonitermes paulosus sp. nov. (Blattodea: Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae) is described from Kerala, India, based on the characters of soldiers and workers. Morphological measurements of soldiers and workers were given with suitable illustrations. A revised key of the Ceylonitermes was given for better identification.

 Key words: Ceylonitermes; Kerala; New species; Nasutitermitinae


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