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The new epifamily name of the termites is therefore proposed to be Termitoidae (Eggleton et al. 2007). However, this suggestion may not be adopted by many systematists, and we expect to see the informal group name “Isoptera” being used extensively for some time to come. g. see Engel et al. 2009). In particular, wing morphology is of great importance, as many fossils are just wing impressions. For 2 Termite Phylogenetics and Co-cladogenesis with Symbionts 35 extant species, the alates are of less importance because the largest termite family, the Termitidae, have wings that vary very little.
4 Worker Gut Anatomy The basic structure of the termite gut conforms to the general insect plan of foregut, midgut and hindgut. However, the configuration of the gut differs considerably in different groups (see Chapter 1, this volume, by Eggleton). The gut of worker termites is an extremely complicated coiled three dimensional structure, especially within the termitid soil-feeders. The important parts of the gut for taxonomic work are described by Noirot (1995, 2001) in his two modern synoptic anatomical works: we will not repeat details here except when they define a particular clade.
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