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The termite genus Amitermes in Africa and the Middle East (NRI Bulletin 51)

The termite genus Amitermes in Africa and the Middle East (NRI Bulletin 51)

Sands, W.A. (1992) The termite genus Amitermes in Africa and the Middle East (NRI Bulletin 51). [Working Paper]

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The termite genus Amitermes is re-examined, with two new species, A. guineensis and A. mitchelli described here as well as the previously unknown imagos of A. corpulentus, A. gallagheri, A. importunus, A. sciangallorum and A. socotrensis. The worker castes of all species are keyed and described for the first time. All are fully illustrated, with a total of 535 figures. This is the first work on termites to make use of the DELTA (Description Language for Taxonomy) format to record data and the PANKEY set of programmes to manipulate the information automatically to output keys, descriptions and coded matrices for phenetic and cladistic analysis. This entire work is also available in a computerised version on two 1.44 Mb diskettes that provides a fully illustrated on-line menu-driven polyclave identification system for the genus using the CABIKEY software, with a step-by-step manual to facilitate its use.

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Additional Information: [1] ISBN 0-85954-319-6 [2] Acknowledgements: This work could not have been accomplished without generous help from a number of persons and institutions, and to all of these I wish to express my sincere thanks. I am grateful to the Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria, South Africa and personally to Dr. V. M. Uys, as well as to the Bulawayo National Museum, Zimbabwe, for loans of valuable material including scarce type specimens. For advice and help in handling the various computer programmes used in preparing both the paper and electronic versions of this study, my thanks are due to Dr. Richard Pankhurst, currently of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, author of the PANKEY set of programmes, and to Dr. lan White of the International Institute of Entomology, author of the CAB I KEY software. Valued and constructive comments on both versions of this work were contributed by Dr. Helaina Black and Mr. Jim Logan of the Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, and I thank them for their help. This research was funded by an Extra-Mural Contract from the Natural Resources Institute, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, to the Natural History Museum, London SW7 SBD. I am grateful to the Trustees of the Natural History Museum for facilities and for permission to examine type and other specimens in the termite collection.
Uncontrolled Keywords: termite, amitermes, Africa, Middle East, A. guineensis, A. mitchelli, A. corpulentus, A. gallagheri, A. importunus, A. sciangallorum, A. socotrensis
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