New exocrine glands in ants: The hypostomal gland and basitarsal gland in the genus Melissotarsus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Berthold Hoelldobler, Malu Obermayer, Nicola J R Plowes, Brian L. Fisher

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Abstract

Fisher and Robertson (Insect Soc 46: 78-83, 1999) discovered the production of silk-like secretions emerging from slit-shaped openings along the anterior margin of the ventral hypostoma of Melissotarsus ant workers. The current histological study describes a hitherto unknown hypostomal gland from which this silk-like substance originates. In addition, this study describes a new basitarsal gland in the three pairs of legs of Melissotarsus workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-532
Number of pages6
JournalNaturwissenschaften
Volume101
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Basitarsus
  • Exocrine glands
  • Hypostoma
  • Melissotarsus
  • Rhopalomastix
  • Silk production

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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New exocrine glands in ants : The hypostomal gland and basitarsal gland in the genus Melissotarsus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). / Hoelldobler, Berthold; Obermayer, Malu; Plowes, Nicola J R; Fisher, Brian L.

In: Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 101, No. 7, 2014, p. 527-532.

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