The exocrine glands of swarming females and physogastric queens of Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar) (Isoptera, Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae)

Ana Cristina Ignatti Ana Maria Costa-Leonardo About the authors

Abstract

The histological study of the exocrine glands in the swarming females showed the presence of tergal glands, mandibular glands, salivary glands and sternal glands. Tergal and sternal glands are not developed in the physogastric queens, probably, because of a regression process. The development of mandibular glands is similar in swarming females and physogastric queens.

Isoptera; glandular system; exocrine glands; histology; physogastric queens; termite


The exocrine glands of swarming females and physogastric queens of Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar) (Isoptera, Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae)

Ana Cristina Ignatti; Ana Maria Costa-Leonardo

Departamento de Biologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista. Caixa Postal 199, 13506-900 Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brasil. E-mail: amcl@rc.unesp.br

ABSTRACT

The histological study of the exocrine glands in the swarming females showed the presence of tergal glands, mandibular glands, salivary glands and sternal glands. Tergal and sternal glands are not developed in the physogastric queens, probably, because of a regression process. The development of mandibular glands is similar in swarming females and physogastric queens.

Key words: Isoptera, glandular system, exocrine glands, histology, physogastric queens, termite

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Recebido em 21.IX.2000; aceito em 10.IX.2001.

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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    03 June 2009
  • Date of issue
    Dec 2001

History

  • Received
    21 Sept 2000
  • Accepted
    10 Sept 2001
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