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Brazilian Journal of Biology

Print version ISSN 1519-6984On-line version ISSN 1678-4375


CRUZ-LANDIM, C.  and  REGINATO, R. D.. Exocrine glands of Schwarziana quadripunctata (Hymenoptera, Apinae, Meliponini). Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2001, vol.61, n.3, pp.497-505. ISSN 1519-6984.

This article describes the location, anatomy, histology and ontogeny of adult Schwarziana quadripunctata exocrine glands. These glands appear either as individualized organs (salivary gland system and Dufour gland) or as epidermis differentiation (tegumentary glands). Variations in the occurrence and degree of development among colony components with regard to their degree of maturity are also described.

Keywords : exocrine glands; males; female castes; development.

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