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Insects. 2019 Apr 28;10(5). pii: E122. doi: 10.3390/insects10050122.

Termites (Blattodea Latreille 1810, Termitoidae Latreille 1802) of Abuko Nature Reserve, Nyambai Forest Park and Tanji Bird Reserve (The Gambia).

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1
Laboratoire de Zoologie des Invertébrés terrestres, IFAN, UCAD, B. P. 206 Dakar, Sénégal. abdoulayeb.ndiaye@ucad.edu.sn.
2
School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Physical and Natural Sciences, University of The Gambia, Brikama Campus, P.O. Box 3530 Serekunda, The Gambia. enjie@utg.edu.gm.
3
School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Physical and Natural Sciences, University of The Gambia, Brikama Campus, P.O. Box 3530 Serekunda, The Gambia. paul.a.correa@utg.edu.gm.

Abstract

From 28 October to 5 November 2013, a termite study was undertaken in 3 protected sites in The Gambia (West Africa). The aim of the study is to investigate the diversity of termites in three protected areas in the western region of the country. Termite sampling is carried out in 100 m × 2 m transects that are replicated three (3) times in each site. A total of thirty-one (31) termite species, that belong to fungus growing (11), harvester (1), humuvorous (12) and xylophagous (7), were recorded. The following nineteen (19) species are new to The Gambia: Coptotermes intermedius, Astalotermes near quietus, Ancistrotermes cavithorax, Macrotermes bellicosus, Microtermes grassei, M. lepidus, M. subhyalinus, Odontotermes erraticus, O. pauperans, O. sudanensis, Basidentitermes sp., Euchilotermes tensus arcuata, Noditermes cristifrons, Amitermes evuncifer, Amitermes spinifer, Microcerotermes fuscotibialis, Microcerotermes near parvulus, Microcerotermes near solidus and Promirotermes holmgreni. Additional description and/or ecological information on Odontotermes erraticus, Cubitermes severus, Cubitermes n. proximatus, Euchilotermes tensus arcuata, Basidentitermes sp., and Noditermes cristifrons are given.

KEYWORDS:

The Gambia; protected site; termites

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