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Archotermopsidae

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Archotermopsidae is a family of termites in the order Blattodea, known as dampwood termites, formerly included within the family Termopsidae. They constitute a small and rather primitive family with five extant genera and 13–20 living species.[1][2] They may be a nuisance, but compared to the drywood termites (Kalotermitidae), usually do not cause extensive damage to buildings or other man-made structures. As their name implies, they eat wood that is not dried out, perhaps even rotting, and consequently of little use to humans.

Taxonomy

In 2009, the five extant genera from the family Termopsidae (Archotermopsis, Hodotermopsis, Porotermes, Stolotermes, and Zootermopsis) were moved to a newly created family, Archotermopsidae[3][4][5] (Zootermopsis had previously been treated as part of the family Hodotermitidae),[6] so that the family Termopsidae now includes only fossil taxa: Asiatermes, Huaxiatermes, and Mesotermopsis (Early Cretaceous of China); Cretatermes carpenteri (Upper Cretaceous of Labrador); Lutetiatermes prisca (Upper Cretaceous amber of France); Paleotermopsis oligocenicus (Upper Oligocene of France); Parotermes insignis (Oligocene of Colorado); and Valditermes (incertae sedis).[3][4][1] The genera Porotermes and Stolotermes were later placed into a separate family, Stolotermitidae.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Archotermopsidae Family Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  2. ^ "Archotermopsidae Overview". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ a b Engel, M.S.; Grimaldi, D.A.; Krishna, K. (2009). "Termites (Isoptera): their phylogeny, classification, and rise to ecological dominance". American Museum Novitates (3650): 1–27. hdl:2246/5969.
  4. ^ a b Constantino, Reginaldo (2016). "Termite Database".
  5. ^ "Tree of Life Web Project, Termopsidae, Dampwood termites". 2003.
  6. ^ Arnett, Ross H. Jr. (2000). American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico (2nd ed.). CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-0212-9.
  7. ^ Engel, Michael S. (2011). "Family-Group Names for Termites (Isoptera), redux". ZooKeys (148): 171–184. doi:10.3897/zookeys.148.1682. PMC 3264418. PMID 22287896.
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Archotermopsidae: Brief Summary

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Archotermopsidae is a family of termites in the order Blattodea, known as dampwood termites, formerly included within the family Termopsidae. They constitute a small and rather primitive family with five extant genera and 13–20 living species. They may be a nuisance, but compared to the drywood termites (Kalotermitidae), usually do not cause extensive damage to buildings or other man-made structures. As their name implies, they eat wood that is not dried out, perhaps even rotting, and consequently of little use to humans.

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