Coptotermes (Rhinotermitidae) revision

Chouvenc T., Li H.-F., Austin J., Bordereau C., Bourguignon T., Cameron S., Cancello E.,  Constantino R., Costa-Leonardo A.-M., Eggleton P., Evans T., Forschler B.,  Grace J.K., Husseneder C., Křeček J., Lee C.-Y., Lee T., Lo N., Messenger M., Mullins A., Robert A., Roisin Y., Scheffrahn R.H., Sillam-Dusses D., Šobotník J., Szalanski A.,  Takematsu Y., Vargo E., Yamada A.,  Yoshimura T. &  Su N.-Y. 2016: Revisiting Coptotermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): a global taxonomic roadmap for species validity and distribution of the economically important subterranean termite genus. Systematic Entomology 41: 299-306.


Coptotermes Wasmann (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) is one of the most economically important subterranean termite genera and some species are successful invaders. However, the taxonomic validity of many named Coptotermes species remains unclear. In this study, we reviewed all named species within the genus and investigated evidence supporting the validity of each named species. We estimate that of the currently 69 named species described by accepted nomenclatural rules, only 21 taxa have solid evidence for validity, 44 names have uncertain status, and the remaining species names should be synonymized or were made unavailable.

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