Ovarioles as a Meristic Character in Coleoptera

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INSECT ovaries are bilateral structures (except in certain aphids) which contain 1–3,000 egg tubes or ovarioles. In Coleoptera, the ovarioles are polytrophic and acrotrophic in the sub-orders Adephaga and Polyphaga, respectively (see, however, Bonhag1). As the meristic nature of the beetle ovary has not been particularly studied, and because of the possible importance of the ovariole number as an aid to systematics, a study was undertaken.

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    Bonhag, P. F., “Ann. Rev. Entomol.”, 3, 137, 143 (1958).

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    Leng, C. W., “Catalogue of the Coleoptera of North America, North of Mexico” (Cosmos Press, 1920).

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    Robertson, F. W., J. Genet., 55, 410 (1957).

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ROBERTSON, J. Ovarioles as a Meristic Character in Coleoptera. Nature 187, 526–527 (1960) doi:10.1038/187526a0

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