Molecular phylogeny reveals the past transoceanic voyages of drywood termites (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae)

Aleš Buček, Simon Hellemans & Thomas Bourguignon
Termites are major decomposers in terrestrial ecosystems and the second most diverse lineage of social insects. The Kalotermitidae form the second-largest termite family and are distributed across tropical and subtropical ecosystems, where they typically live in small colonies confined to single wood items inhabited by individuals with no foraging abilities. How the Kalotermitidae have acquired their global distribution patterns remains unresolved. Similarly, it is unclear whether foraging is ancestral to Kalotermitidae or was secondarily acquired...
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