Stable isotope rations and uric acid preservation in termites belonging to three feeding habits in Thailand

I. Tayasu, F. Hyodo, Y. Takematsu, A. Sugimoto, T. Inoue, N. Kirtibutr, T. Abe

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Nitrogen and carbon stable isotope ratios and uric acid concentrations in termites sampled from a dry evergreen forest in Thailand, were determined across three kinds of feeding habits. Feeding habits of Microcerotermes crassus, which is an abundant woodfeeder, and Dicuspiditermes makhamensis, a common soil-feeding termite, were confirmed by isotopic signatures. Lichen feeding termites (Hospitalitermes birmanicus, H. bicolor and H. ataramensis) were characterized by low δ15N values, suggesting that they assimilated nitrogen deposited from the atmosphere. There was also a significant difference in uric acid concentrations between termites representing different feeding habits. No significant relationships were found between uric acid concentrations and δ15N or δ13C in Hospitalitermes. However, δ15N values were correlated with C/N ratios in H. birmanicus, except in one colony of H. ataramensis. δ13C values in both species were negatively correlated with C/N ratios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-272
Number of pages14
JournalIsotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon-13
  • Isoptera
  • Lichen-feeder
  • Natural variations
  • Nitrogen 15
  • Soil-feeder
  • Termite
  • Uric acid
  • Wood-feeder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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