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Heterotermes tenuis (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): New Record from Venezuela

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410 Florida Entomologist 89(3) September 2006 HETEROTERMES TENUIS (ISOPTERA: RHINOTERMITIDAE): NEW RECORD FROM VENEZUELA. J OSÉ P EROZO 1 AND S OLANGE I SSA 2 1 Postgrado de Entomología, Instituto de Zoología Agrícola. Facultad de Agronomía Universidad Central de Venezuela, Maracay, estado Aragua, Venezuela 2 Departamento de Biología de Organismos. Universidad Simón Bolívar. Apdo. 89000. Caracas 1080-A, Venezuela Heterotermes Froggat (Isoptera: Rhinotermiti- dae) is a genus of subterranean termites comprising several major pest species. Heterotermes tunnel and feed on wood in contact with soil (Nickle & Collins 1992) and forage for wood above ground. This genus has been reported in the West Indies, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and several islands of the Caribbean (Emerson 1971; Nickle & Collins 1992; Constantino 2002; Szalanski et al. 2004). The last checklist of the termites from Venezuela (Issa 2000), the list by Snyder (1959), and Constantino (2000) reported only H. convexinotatus (Snyder) and H. crinitus (Emerson). In this note we report H. tenuis (Hagen) for the first time in Venezuela. Samples of H. tenuis were collected from di- verse localities in Venezuela. Specimens from Chaguaramas (Monagas state) were collected from wood lying on the soil and under dry bark of pine ( Pinus caribaea ), and had tunnels consist- ing of wood, sand, and clay. All samples were stored in 80% alcohol. Measurements of soldiers were performed with a stereomicroscope fitted with an ocular micrometer. The measurements included head length, head width, and pronotum width. Voucher specimens are maintained at the Laboratorio de Comportamiento of the Simón Bolívar University. The specific identifications were made with the key from Contanstino (2000). We found that H. te

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