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Family Archotermopsidae - Rottenwood Termites

Termite - Zootermopsis angusticollis Termite queen? - Zootermopsis Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite - Zootermopsis angusticollis Pacific Coast Dampwood termite- Alate - Zootermopsis angusticollis Termite - Zootermopsis angusticollis Flying Bug of Some Kind - Zootermopsis angusticollis Nevada Dampwood Termite - Zootermopsis nevadensis Termite? - Zootermopsis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blattoidea
No Taxon (Epifamily Termitoidae - Termites)
Family Archotermopsidae (Rottenwood Termites)
Other Common Names
Dampwood termites
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
As currently treated, the family Termopsidae includes fossil taxa only; the five recent genera formerly included in Termopsidae (e.g. here) have been moved to the newly erected Archotermopsidae (3 genera, including Zootermopsis) and Stolotermitidae (2 exotic genera)(1)(2); Archotermopsidae also used to be treated as a subfamily (Termopsinae Holmgren, 1911) in Hodotermitidae [e.g., in (3)], currently defined as 3 Old World genera with 21 species commonly known as harvester termites(1)(4)
Explanation of Names
Archotermopsidae Engel, Grimaldi, and Krishna 2009
3 species in a single genus in our area(3), 12 extant species in 3 genera total(1)(4)
Alates lack ocelli and a fontanelle, soldiers as typical with the “termopsid” (Hodotermitidae, Stolotermitidae and Archotermopsidae) termites possess very large, somewhat flattened heads, with large flat serrated downward pointing mandibles

One genus nearctic (Zootermopsis), along with 2 genera around East and Southeast Asia(4)
One of the basal taxa, rather primitive in regards to behaviour
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