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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Paraneoptera
Superordo: Condylognatha
Ordo: Hemiptera
Subordo: Heteroptera
Infraordo: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamilia: Aradoidea

Familia: Termitaphididae
Genus: Termitaradus
Species (14): T. annandalei – T. australiensis – T. guianae – T. jamaicensis – T. mexicanus – T. panamensis – T. poleoae – T. shepardi – T. subafra – T. trinidadensis – †T. avitinquilinus – †T. dominicanus – †T. mitnicki – †T. protera

Termitaradus Myers, 1924


Termitataradus Myers, 1924 [alternative original spelling]


Engel, M.S. 2009: A new termite bug in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic (Hemiptera, Termitaphididae). ZooKeys, 25: 61–68. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.25.267
Grimaldi, D.A.; Engel, M.S. 2008: A termite bug in early Miocene amber of the Dominican Republic (Hemiptera: Termitaphididae). American Museum novitates, (3619)
García, M., Camacho, J. & Dorado I. 2016. Dos nuevas especies de Termitaradus Myers, 1924 (Hemiptera: Termitaphididae), de Venezuela y observaciones sobre la familia. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (nueva serie) 32(3): 348-358. DOI: 10.21829/azm.2016.323969 PDFReference page.


Zicha, Ondřej et al. Termitaradus – Taxon details on Biological Library (BioLib).

Termitaradus is a small tropicopolitan genus of true bugs placed in the family Termitaphididae.[1] As is typical for the family, living members of Termitaradus are small, being an average of 2 millimetres (0.079 in) to 4 millimetres (0.16 in), and flattened with laminae extending out from each body segment giving a round scale like appearance. The same is true for the extinct species with the exception of T. protera which reaches 7 millimetres (0.28 in) in length.[1] All members of Termitaphididae are inquilines lodging in the nests of host species of termites, with Termitaradus species known only from the family Rhinotermitidae.[1] Though considered a separate family in Aradoidea it has been suggested by Drs David Grimaldi and Michael Engel in 2008 that Termataphididae may in fact be highly derived members of Aradidae.[1] The second genus placed in Termitaphididae, Termitaphis, contains the monotypic species Termitaphis circumvallata which inhabits nests of Termitidae (termites) in Colombia.[1]

The eight living species are found worldwide in the tropical regions of Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia while three extinct species are known from Miocene Dominican amber and the third from Late Oligocene to Early Miocene Mexican amber.[1][2]

T. annandalei
T. australiensis
†T. avitinquilinus (Dominican Amber)
†T. dominicanus (Dominican amber)
T. guianae
T. jamaicensis
T. mexicana
†T. mitnicki (Dominican amber)
T. panamensis
†T. protera (Mexican amber)
T. subafra
T. trinidadensis


Engel, M.S. (2009). "A new termite bug in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic (Hemiptera, Termitaphididae)". ZooKeys (25): 61–68. doi:10.3897/zookeys.25.267.
Poinar, G.; Heiss, E. (2011). "New Termitaphididae and Aradidae (Hemiptera) in Mexican and Dominican amber" (PDF). Palaeodiversity. 4: 51–62.

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