Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology
versión impresa ISSN 1516-8913
AZEVEDO, Dihego de Oliveira et al. Biochemical and morphological aspects of salivary glands of the predator Brontocoris tabidus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Braz. arch. biol. technol. [online]. 2007, vol.50, n.3, pp. 469-477. ISSN 1516-8913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-89132007000300013.
The aim of this work was to study the feeding habits of the predator Brontocoris tabidus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) analyzing the salivary gland complex (SGC). The SGC was dissected and subjected to histological analyses and biochemical assays. Results showed that a pair of bilobed principal salivary glands and one pair of tubular accessory salivary glands form the SGC and different parts of salivary gland synthesizes similar substances. Lipases, a-amylase and trypsin-like enzymes were detected at both lobes of the principal salivary gland. These data together with observations related to the predator's diet suggested that it could be considered an obligate zoophytophagous.
Palabras llave : Salivary glands; biological control; Heteroptera; Pentatomidae.