A revision of the Tertiary fossil species of the Kalotermitidae (Isoptera). American Museum novitates ; no. 2359

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New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
"Eight genera and 12 species of Tertiary fossil imago castes of termites of Kalotermitidae Froggatt of the order Isoptera are redescribed, or described from direct examination of specimens. The genera known from Tertiary fossils only are Eotermes Statz, Prokalotermes Emerson, Proelectrotermes Rosen, and Electrotermes Rosen. Genra that contain both living and fossil species are Neotermes Holmgren, Kalotermes Hagen, Calcaritermes Snyder, Incisitermes Krishna, and Cryptotermes Banks, of which fossil species are described for the first time in Calcaritermes and Incisitermes. The descriptions include Eotermes grandaeva Statz, Oligocene shales, West Germany; Prokalotermes hageni (Scudder), Miocene shales, Colorado; Proelectrotermes berendti (Pictet), Oligocene amber, Baltic Sea coasts, U.S.S.R. and Denmark; Proelectrotermes fodinae (Scudder), new combination for Parotermes fodinae Scudder, Miocene shales, Colorado; Electrotermes affinis (Hagen), Oligocene amber, Baltic Sea coasts, U.S.S.R. and Denmark; Electrotermes girardi (Giebel), Oligocene amber, Baltic Sea coasts, U.S.S.R.; Kalotermes rhenanus Hagen, Oligocene shales, West Germany; Kalotermes swinhoei (Cockerell), Miocene amber, Burma; Kalotermes tristis (Cockerell), Miocene amber, Burma; Calcaritermes vetus, new species, Oligocene-Miocene amber, Mexico; Incisitermes krishnai, new species, Oligocene-Miocene amber, Mexico; and Cryptotermes ryshkoffi Pierce, Miocene nodules in shale, California. Numerous new characters of both genera and species are described, and the nomenclature, synonymies, systematics, comparisons, phylogenies, geographical distributions, ecology, and evolution of the fossil genera and species are discussed. Figures of fossil species and maps of distribution of the genera Kalotermes, Calcaritermes, and Incisitermes are included. Four previously described fossil species of Neotermes and Kalotermes that were not available for direct examination are discussed"--P. 53.
57 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 53-57).