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The structure of the ovipositor and the mechanics of oviposition in the oribatid mite Machadobelba symmetrica Bal. (Acari: Cryptostigmata)

Wallwork, J.A.


1977 - Volume: 19 Issue: 1 pages: 149-154


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Acari Machadobelba symmetrica Ovipositor Morphology egg laying

Abstract

A description is given of the structure of the ovipositor, and the mechanism of egg-lying in the oribatid mite Machadobelba symmetrica Bal. In general, Grandjean’s (1956) observations are confirmed. The absence of k setae and the triangular configuration of setae on the latero-dorsallobes are features associated with the ’higher’oribatids. The passage of the egg along the ovipositor is described, and it is suggested that the eugenitallobes play a part in creating micro-cavities in which the eggs are deposited.

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1977-09-30

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1977 Wallwork, J.A.

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