Three new records of Microcerotermes Silvestri (Blattodea: Isoptera: Termitidae) from West Bengal, India


  • Zoological Survey of India, ‘M’-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata – 700053, West Bengal
  • Zoological Survey of India, ‘M’-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata – 700053, West Bengal



Distribution, Microcerotermes annandalei, M. fletcheri, M. pakistanicus, Termite


Three species of termites identified as Microcerotermes annandalei Silvestri, Microcerotermes fletcheri Holmgren & Holmgren, and Microcerotermes pakistanicus Akhtar (Isoptera: Termitidae) collected recently from West Bengal, are hereby reported as new records to the state. Earlier only two species of this genus were documented. Microcerotermes pakistanicus is for the first time reported as a minor pest of babul and bamboo.


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Sengupta, R., & Rajmohana, K. (2020). Three new records of <i>Microcerotermes</i> Silvestri (Blattodea: Isoptera: Termitidae) from West Bengal, India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 120(3), 263–266.





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