Molecular characteristics of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) from Korea

M. J. Kim, Y. S. Choi, J. Lee, J. J. Kim, G. H. Kim

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1



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

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  • Insect Science

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