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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.15 no.1 Curitiba  1998 

Note on glands present in meliponinae (Hymenoptera, Apidae) bees legs



Carminda da Cruz-Landim; Regina Lúcia Morelli Silva de Moraes; Heliana Clara Salles; Rejane Daniele Reginato

Departamento de Biologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista. 13506-900 Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brasil




The present paper reports the presence of glandular structures in legs of some stingless bee species. The glands appear as: the epidermis transformation in a glandular epithelium as in basitarsus, an epithelial sac inside the segment as in the femur of queens or in the last tarsomere, as round glandular cells, scattered or forming groupments. The saculiform gland of femur is present only in queens, the other glands are present in males, queens and workers of the studied species, apparently without any type of polymorphism. This occurrence seems indicate that the function of these glands have not to do with the sociality or specific behavior of castes.

Key words: Hymenoptera, stingless bees, legs, glands


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AKNOWLEDGMENTS. Thanks are due to Dr. Vera Lúcia Imperatriz Fonseca from Departamento de Ecologia - Instituto de Biociências (USP) and Dr. Ronaldo Zucchi from Departamento de Biologia da Faculdade, FFCL (USP) for supplying most of the studied specimens.



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Recebido em 28.II.1997; aceito em 13.IV.1998

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