Survey of the exocrine system in protanilla wallacei(Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

Hashim, Rosli and Ito, F. and Billen, J. and Bauweleers, E. (2013) Survey of the exocrine system in protanilla wallacei(Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Arthropod Structure & Development, 42 (3). pp. 173-183. ISSN 1467-8039, DOI

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We studied the exocrine system of both workers and ergatoid queens of Protanilla wallacei using light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Our survey revealed the presence of 26 glands, of which 6 had never been found before in ants. Five of these represent novel discoveries for social insects in general. The overall novel discoveries comprise an epithelial stipes gland, a pharyngeal wall gland, a central petiole gland, a lateral postpetiole gland and a foot-sole gland in the hindleg pretarsi. The intramandibular epithelial gland was already reported in some bees previously, but is now for the first time also reported in ants. The exocrine system of workers and ergatoid queens is very similar, with only the spermathecal gland showing an obvious difference. This is in line with the limited anatomical as well as behavioural difference between both castes in Protanilla compared to the situation in Leptanilla. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exocrine glands; Morphology; Protanilla; Leptanillinae
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 05:02
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 05:14

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