The structure, distribution, and taxonomic importance of trichobothria in the Miridae (Hemiptera). American Museum novitates ; no. 2585

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New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
"Trichobothrial structure, function, and occurrence are reviewed for the Arthropoda. A survey is made of all setae that have been classified as trichobothria within the Hemiptera. Trichobothria are recorded for the first time from the mesofemora and metafemora of the Miridae. Scanning electron photomicrographs showing detailed structure and drawings of the numbers and locations of these specialized setae are presented for representatives of the majority of the currently recognized tribes in the family. Within the limits of current knowledge the trichobothria in the various taxa of Miridae are homologized and a numbering scheme is presented. It is suggested that the hypothetical primitive number for the mesofemur is six and that for the metafemur seven or eight. The phylogenetic significance of the trichobothria in the Miridae is discussed, with the conclusion that they constitute an autapomorphic character and that the Miridae, including the Isometopinae, represent a monophyletic group"--P. [1].
26 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 24-26).