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Termite intruders evolved cowardice to squat in another species’ nest


Constrictotermes cyphergaster nests may be house to illicit lodgers

Helder Hugo

Some termite species have discovered how to benefit from the shelter of the immense, complex nests that the bugs construct with out contributing to their development. They keep away from the total wrath of their builder hosts by being extraordinarily easy-going.

Animals that stay in the dwellings of another species with out affecting them are referred to as inquilines. Inquiline termites (Inquilinitermes microcerus) are distinctive amongst termites in being unable to make their very own nests. Instead, they inhabit the labyrinthine hallways constructed by another termite, Constrictotermes cyphergaster. Until now, it has been unclear …

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