Morphometric Analysis of Nasutitermes (Termitidae : Nasutitermitinae) from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Wan Nurainie, Binti Wan Ismail and Ratnawati, Binti Hazali and Norsyarizan, Binti Jamil and Nur Izzah, Binti Mat Desa and Siti Nurlydia, Binti Sazali (2020) Morphometric Analysis of Nasutitermes (Termitidae : Nasutitermitinae) from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. ASM Science Journal, 13 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1823-6782

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This study aims to analyse the soldier’s morphological variation of Nasutitermes. In this study, a total of 107 individuals representing six species were appropriately measured and recorded, in which 12 morphometric measurements were used. The morphological comparison was made among six Nasutitermes species used in this study based on the head capsule and shape of rostrum, pronotum and postmentum. Following the comparison between six Nasutitermes species, we suggest that N. regularis and N. longinasus were closely resembled to each other than to the remaining four species; N. havilandi, N. matangensis, N. matangensiformis and N. fuscipennis based on the external morphological characteristics. The cluster analysis shows by the dendrogram resulted in two major clades; clade 1 grouped almost individuals of N.longinasus while clade 2 consists of the remaining five species. Accordingly, this study may serve as a baseline reference for the morphological characteristics that can be used in resolving taxonomic issues for Nasutitermes species.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nasute termites; morphological variation; Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Wan Ismail
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 00:25
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 06:23

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