Data for: Termite nest evolution fostered social parasitism by termitophilous rove beetles

Nobuaki Mizumoto, Thomas Bourguignon & Taisuke Kanao
Colonies of social insects contain large amounts of resources often exploited by specialized social parasites. While some termite species host numerous parasitic arthropod species, called termitophiles, others host none. The reason for this large variability remains unknown. Here we report that the evolution of termitophily in rove beetles is linked to termite nesting strategies. We compared one-piece nesters, whose entire colony life is completed within a single wood piece, to foraging species, which exploit multiple...
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