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The Functional Classification of Termites
Author of the article:YANG Jinjin1, JI Baozhong1*, LIU Shuwen2, ZHANG Xinwei1, WANG Hongjiang1, Ehsan SOLEYMANINEJADIAN1, DING Fang1
Author's Workplace:1. Nanjing Forestry University Southern Modern Forestry Collaborative Innovation Center, College of Forestry, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China;
2. The Administration Bureau of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Nanjing 210014, China
Key Words:termite; functional classification; life-type; feeding; lifeway
Abstract:"Functional classification", a taxonomic method based on the functional characteristics of the target objects, was an important part of Global Ecology. In this review, the methods, contents, applications of termite functional classification, and the relationship between functional classification and morphological classification were briefly introduced. There were four functional classifications concerned on termite, including Abe's life-types, Donovan's feeding groups, Eggleton and Tayasu's lifeway groups, and comprehensive classification, and among of which, the feeding groups had been widely accepted. However, the relationship between the functional classification and the morphological classification was still complicated, indicated that the wood and grass-feeding termites were located at the basal branch of the phylogenetic tree, and other termites were evolved from them. Therefore, termites could probably evolve from wood-feeding to soil-feeding. The functional classifications of termite had been applied in researches based on the relationships between different functional groups of termites and their habitats, but there were few applications on the research of feeding habits. The relationships and mechanisms among different termite functional groups and their habitats were worthy of further exploration.
2015,34(1): 149-154 收稿日期:2014-5-15
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