Share this article    



Fine structure of the cuticle and structural changes occurring during moulting in the mite Tetranychus urticae. I. Fine structure of the cuticle

Mothes-Wagner, U. and Seitz, K.A.

1984 - Volume: 25 Issue: 3 pages: 253-258


Cuticle ultrastructure mite Tetranychus


Structure of the cuticle of Tetranychus urticae (Acari, Tetranychidae) is described by means of electron microscopy. The cuticle is composed of an epicuticle and a lamellated procuticle. The epicuticle exhibits an inn er dense layer which shows a weak fibrillar appearence, a cuticulin layer, a wax layer and an outer cement layer. The procuticle can be differentiated in an outer exocuticle which extends to the ridges and lobes, characteristic of the cuticular surface, and an inner lamellated endocuticle. Lamellae are formed of helicoid arranged electron lucent microfibrils embedded in an electron dense matrix. Pores penetrate ali cuticular layers. Structure of the cuticle is compared to published information on the insect cuticle.

Please read and follow the instructions to post any comment or correction.

Article editorial history
Date published:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
1984 Mothes-Wagner, U. and Seitz, K.A.
 Download article

Download the citation
RIS with abstract 
(Zotero, Endnote, Reference Manager, ProCite, RefWorks, Mendeley)
RIS without abstract 
(Zotero, BibTeX)
(PubMed, Txt)
Article metrics
Number of distinct pdf views

Cited by: view citations with

Search via ReFindit