New termite species Glyptotermes Chiraharitae discovered in Kerala

Q.  A new termite species has been discovered in Kerala. In which sanctuary has it been discovered?
- Published on 12 Oct 16

a. Malabar
b. Bharatpur
c. Kaziranga
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Malabar
 
New termite species Glyptotermes Chiraharitae discovered in KeralaA new species of termite Glyptotermes Chiraharitae has been discovered in Kakkayam in the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala
  • The species has been named Chiraharitae after the tropical green forests of the Western Ghats where it has been discovered
  • Termites are of three types- damp wood, dry wood and subterranean.
  • Glyptotermes Chiraharitae species are of the damp wood category
  • They are exclusively wood dwelling and do not require any contact with soil
  • The flying adults of this species is approximately 10mm long while the soldiers are around 9.5mm long
  • Its relatives are known to attack mango, sal, banyan, astrocarpus, silver oak, jamun trees, sals
  • In India, there are 285 species of termites and among them are 61 documented from Kerala

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