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- Record of mimetism between mites and eggs of the neotropical termite Cornitermes cumulans (Isoptera : Termitidae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
- Cornitermes cumulans (Isoptera: Termitidae) is a mound-building termite nests provide suitable conditions for the development of associated organ isms. The present stud), describes the occurrence of them ire Caloglyphus sp. (Astigmata: Acaridae) associated with this termite species in laboratory colonies. Mite adults were found among the egg batch of C cumulans and they showed the same shape and color of the termite eggs. This mimicry may represent an adaptation of this organism for survival in termite colonies, and egg-mimicking mites have not yet been recorded in any termite colony. Further studies will help to clarify the ecological aspects of this relationship.
- Sociobiology. Chico: California State Univ, v. 52, n. 2, p. 251-256, 2008.
- California State University
- Cornitermes cumulans
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