Caste Differentiation in Social Insects - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080307831, 9781483286181

Caste Differentiation in Social Insects

1st Edition

Editors: J. A. L. Watson B. M. Okot-Kotber Ch. Noirot
eBook ISBN: 9781483286181
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st March 1985
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In more detail than has previously been available, this book comprehensively covers all the various mechanisms of caste differentiation in social insects. For the first time the most recent information regarding mechanisms of caste differentiation in higher termites has been compiled in a well illustrated volume, together with comparative discussion of the whole range of social insects, including bees, ants and wasps.


For advanced and postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows of entomology, zoology, physiology and endocrinology.

Table of Contents

(partial) In memorium Martin Lüscher, J de Wilde. Genetic relations among castes in lower termites, P Luykx. Caste development in Mastotermes and kalotermes: which is primitive? J A L Watson & J J Sewell. Pathways of caste development in the lower termites, Ch Noirot. Dynamic study of polymorphism in Schedorhinotermes lamanianus (Rhinotermitidae), J Renoux. The caste system in higher termites, Ch Noirot. Caste polymorphism in a higher termite, Macrotermes michaelseni (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae), B M Okot-Kotber. Development of neotenics in Mastotermes darwiniensis Froggatt: an alternative strategy, J A L Watson & H M Abbey. Is inter- and intraspecific variability of lower termite neotenic numbers due to adaptive thresholds for neotenic elimination? -- considerations from studies on Porotermes adamsoni (Froggatt) (Isoptera: Termopsidae), M Lenz. Reproductive strategies in Cryptotermes: neotenic production in indigenous and 'tramp' species in Australia (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae), M Lenz et al. The function of the royal pair in the society of Kalotermes flavicollis (Fabr.) (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae), A Springhetti.


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About the Editor

J. A. L. Watson

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIRO Division of Entomology, Canberra, Australia

B. M. Okot-Kotber

Affiliations and Expertise

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya

Ch. Noirot

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Dijon, France


@qu:A first-time panoramic and detailed presentation on the various facets of caste differentiation of termites together with a comparison of other social insects...Commended to entomologists, biologists and others interested in caste differentiation, and recommended for all upper-division undergraduate and graduate biology students. @source:Choice

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