Phylogeny and Classification

There is little doubt that termites are derived from Paleozoic cockroachlike ancestors perhaps similar in some ways to Cryptocercus punctulatus, a subsocial, wood-eating cockroach. Indeed, some authorities consider the similarities between termites and cockroaches to be sufficiently great as to include the former as a suborder of the Dictyoptera; that is, the termites are eusocial cockroaches (Eggleton, 2001). The earliest fossil termites are from

Serritermitidae

Termitidae

Oplan Termites

Oplan Termites

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