Isoptera

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Isoptera

the insect order containing the termites, which live in colonies and have a complex system of castes.
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We hypothesized that gut antifungal activity is an ancestral feature and was maintained during the radiation of the isopteran lineage.
In autumn, a small return of coleopterans as well as isopterans in the menu of the hedgehog is observed.
The rank of termites as the main prey item in both adults and juveniles might be the result of isopterans being small-sized prey, with reduced variation in size.