Urban Termites of Recife, Northeast Brazil (Isoptera)

Auristela C. Albuquerque, Gicela R. R. S. Matias, Marco A. P. Oliveira, Alane Ayana Vieira de Oliveira Couto, Alexandre Vasconcellos
2014 Sociobiology  
This study surveyed the termite fauna in urban properties of the city of Recife, state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. Six-hundred properties were inspected in search for termites or signs of their activity, such as abandoned nests, galleries on walls, and fecal pellets. Seven termite species, belonging to seven genera and three families (Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, and Termtidae) were found causing some type of damage. Nasutitermes corniger and Cryptotermes dudleyi were the most
more » ... were the most frequent species within buildings (82.4% and 9.5 %, respectively). Such species, along with Coptotermes gestroi, were responsible for the greatest damage recorded. With the exception of Cryptotermes dudleyi and Coptotermes gestroi, all of the species are native and relatively common in northeastern Brazil's Atlantic forest.
doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v59i1.675 fatcat:zrcoo2p6hvc3bfyrzkmun7lotu