Mastotermes electrodominicus


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Related to Mastotermes electrodominicus: Mastotermes darwiniensis, Kalotermitidae, termite
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Noun1.Mastotermes electrodominicus - extinct termite found in amber in the Dominican RepublicMastotermes electrodominicus - extinct termite found in amber in the Dominican Republic
termite, white ant - whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on wood
genus Mastotermes, Mastotermes - primitive genus of termites; mostly extinct; sometimes considered the most primitive Isoptera
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Spirochete and protist symbionts of a termite (Mastotermes electrodominicus) in Miocene amber.
The eight amber-encased termites that Grimaldi, Margulis, and their colleagues recently studied belong to an extinct species dubbed Mastotermes electrodominicus. The insect's specific name comes from a combination of electron, the Greek word for amber, and a geographical reference to the Dominican Republic, where the 15-to-20-million-year-old amber was unearthed.
Wheeler's group studied an extinct termite called Mastotermes electrodominicus. Considered by some "a missing link between cockroaches and termintes," this particular bug had the potential to solve "an interesting evolutionary question," explains entomologist David Grimaldi, who participated in the investigation.