volume 163, issue 1, P26-34 2017
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12557
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Daniel Aguilera-Olivares, Valeria Palma-Onetto, Luis Flores-Prado, Víctor Zapata, Hermann M. Niemeyer

Abstract: Abstract Investment in soldier production in eusocial lineages involves a trade‐off between maintenance costs and defense benefits. Termites are eusocial insects that live in colonies organized into three castes: primary reproductives, soldiers, and workers or pseudergates. Neotermes chilensis (Blanchard) (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) is a one‐piece nesting termite that nests and forages in a single piece of wood. Two scenarios may be of importance in a defense context of one‐piece nesting termites: during swarm…

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