Molecular characteristics of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes (Isoptera

Rhinotermitidae) from Korea

M. J. Kim, Y. S. Choi, J. Lee, Jae-Jin Kim, Gyu Hyeok Kim

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Abstract

Molecular and taxonomic studies of subterranean termites in the genus Reticulitermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) have suggested that Reticulitermes speratus kyushuensis Morimoto is the only species that occurs in Korea. However, the specimens studied to date were collected from a limited number of locations, and basic information about the distribution, taxonomy, and molecular characteristics of this genus in Korea is still lacking. In this study, we collected Reticulitermes specimens from 50 sampling sites distributed throughout the country. By comparing the cytochrome oxidase subunit II gene of mitochondrial DNA sequences, we conclude that Reticulitermes speratus is represented by two haplotypes in Korea. In addition, we report the first occurrence of another Reticulitermes species in this country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Volume105
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

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Reticulitermes
subterranean termites
Rhinotermitidae
Reticulitermes speratus
Isoptera
Korean Peninsula
cytochrome-c oxidase
haplotypes
mitochondrial DNA
taxonomy
nucleotide sequences
genes
sampling

Keywords

  • cytochrome oxidase II gene
  • internal transcribed spacer
  • Korea
  • Reticulitermes
  • subterranean termite

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Molecular characteristics of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes (Isoptera : Rhinotermitidae) from Korea. / Kim, M. J.; Choi, Y. S.; Lee, J.; Kim, Jae-Jin; Kim, Gyu Hyeok.

In: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Vol. 105, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 97-102.

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