First report of the termite Glyptotermes ceylonicus (Blattodea: Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) from India: an example of discontinuous distribution

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Edwin Joseph
Chinnu Ipe
Nisha P. Aravind
Sherin Antony
Jobin Mathew


We report Glyptotermes ceylonicus (Holmgren, 1911), an endemic Sri Lankan termite, for the first time from India. Glyptotermes show a high degree of endemism throughout the world. Record of this species from the current location indicates a wide distribution of this species in southern India, in the past, before the complete separation of Sri Lanka from India. The current distribution of Glyptotermes ceylonicus is also an example of discontinuous distribution. Pictorial illustrations of the morphologically important parts and revised key for the Indian species are provided.

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