Eliana Marques Cancello

Isoptera Curator

Eliana Marques Cancello


(55) (11) 2065-8137
Mailing address:
Avenida Nazaré, 481 Ipiranga
04263-000 São Paulo, SP, BRASIL


She has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, a master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Zoology), and a doctoral degree in Sciences (Zoology) from the Universidade de São Paulo. Currently she is a professor (MS-3, level 2) at the Universidade de São Paulo, hosted by the Museu de Zoologia of USP (MZUSP), where she has been the curator of the Isoptera collection since 1986 and also of the Blattaria, Mantodea, Dermaptera, Zoraptera, Embioptera, Ensifera, Caelifera, and Phasmatodea collections since 1998. As an entomologist, she works mainly on the following topics: biology, taxonomy and termite systematics, and topics related to biodiversity. He is part of the editorial board of the ZooKeys journal, the Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, and the publications of the Museu de Zoologia of USP (Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia and Arquivos de Zoologia). Between 1998 and 2002 she was Director of the MZUSP’s Invertebrates Service and was MZUSP’s vice-director between 02/2002 and 02/2006. Accredited at MZUSP’s Graduate Degree since 2011, she was appointed by the Director of MZUSP as Head of Entomology Service from April 2014 to 2017 and again from January 2019.

Line of research

Taxonomy, Systematics, and Biology of Isoptera; patterns of distribution, diversity, and evolution of termites in the Neotropical Region.

Academic activities

Alunos/Pós-doutores do laboratório

Mauricio Martins da Rocha (pós-doutorando, MZUSP)
Projeto: Revisão dos gêneros Embiratermes e Ibitermes (Blattaria, Isoptera, Termitidae, Syntermitinae)

Edgar Blois Crispino (mestrando em Sistemática, Taxonomia Animal e Biodiversidade, MZUSP)

Karina da Silva Santos Lima (mestranda em Sistemática, Taxonomia Animal e Biodiversidade, MZUSP)

Amanda de Faria Santos (doutorando em Ciências Biológicas (Genética), UNESP- Jaboticabal) – coorientação

Publicações selecionadas

Rocha, M.M.; Cuezzo, C.; Constantini, J.P.; Oliveira, D.E.; Santos, R.G.; Carrijo, T.F. & Cancello, E.M. 2019. Overview of the morphology of Neotropical termite workers: history and practice. Sociobiology 66(1), 1-32. PDF

Rocha, M.M.; Castro, A.C.M.C; Cuezzo, C. & Cancello, E.M. 2017. Phylogenetic reconstruction of Syntermitinae (Isoptera, Termitidae) based on morphological and molecular data. PLOSone 12 (3): e0174366. PDF 

Constantini, J.P.; Cancello, E.M. 2016. A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical termite genus Rhynchotermes (Isoptera, Termitidae, Syntermitinae). Zootaxa 4109 (5): 501–522.

Cancello, E.M.; Silva, R.R.; Vasconcellos, A.; Reis, Y.T. & Oliveira, L.C.M. 2014. Latitudinal variation in termite species richness and abundance along the Brazilian Atlantic Forest hotspot. Biotropica 46 (4): 441-450. PDF

Legendre, F.; Whiting, M.; Bordereau, C.; Cancello, E.M.; Evans, E.T. & Grandcolas, P. 2008. The phylogeny of termites (Dictyoptera: Isoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers: implications for the evolution of the worker and pseudergate castes, and foraging behaviors. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 615–627. PDF