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Anatomy of disguise : camouflaging structures in nymphs of some Reduviidae (Heteroptera) ; American Museum novitates, no. 3542

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dc.contributor.author Weirauch, Christiane. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-12-13T21:01:33Z
dc.date.available 2006-12-13T21:01:33Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/5820
dc.description 18 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 17-18). en_US
dc.description.abstract Immature stages of Reduvius personatus (Linnaeus) and some other Reduviidae are known to camouflage themselves with a range of materials found in their environment. Even though this behavior has been observed in several species, camouflaging structures have never been studied in a comparative way. This study documents for the first time the structure that is involved in the application of camouflaging material, i.e., the hind tarsal fan, and reveals structures that assure the fastening of the camouflaging material, i.e., anchor setae and trichomes, in eight species representing five subfamilies of Reduviidae. Whereas anchor setae assure the attachment of camouflaging material by their mechanical properties, short-projection trichomes, long-projection trichomes, and grouped trichomes are here proposed to secrete a sticky substance for this purpose. Primary homology hypotheses on the three types of trichomes are proposed. At least in some species, short-projection trichomes appear to be responsible for the fastening of the camouflaging layer close to the integument, whereas long-projection trichomes may hold the outer layer of camouflaging material in place. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3542 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3542, 2006 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reduvius personatus -- Larvae -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reduvius personatus -- Larvae -- Behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Assassin bugs -- Larvae -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Assassin bugs -- Larvae -- Behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Camouflage (Biology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nymphs (Insects) -- Behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects -- Behavior. en_US
dc.title Anatomy of disguise : camouflaging structures in nymphs of some Reduviidae (Heteroptera) ; American Museum novitates, no. 3542 en_US
dc.title.alternative Camouflaging structures in nymphs of some Reduviidae (Heteroptera) en_US
dc.title.alternative Camouflage in reduviid nymphs en_US
dc.type text en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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