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Abstract

The termite (Isoptera) fauna of South Carolina.

Abstract

Eight species of termites are now recorded from South Carolina, USA. Reticulitermes flavipes and R. virginicus were the two most abundant subterranean species (Rhinotermitidae), each distributed throughout the state. R. hageni was distributed sporadically over the state, with records from six counties. Coptotermes formosanus was found primarily in Charleston County, but new records extended the range to Beaufort, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Orangeburg Counties. Drywood termites (Kalotermitidae) were not encountered as frequently as subterranean species. Cryptotermes brevis was recorded in seven counties throughout the state. Incisitermes snyderi was found in seven coastal counties and once in Pickens County, which is inland. Kalotermes approximatus was recorded primarily from natural habitats in 18 counties, and a western drywood species, Incisitermes minor, was collected from Greenville and Beaufort Counties, representing a state record.