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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 98, No. 6, 2003, pp. 773-776
Bioline Code: oc03157
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 98, No. 6, 2003, pp. 773-776

 en SHORT COMMUNICATION - Glandular Areas Associated with the Male Genitalia in Triatoma rubrofasciata (Triatominae, Reduviidae, Hemiptera) and Other Reduviidae
Christiane Weirauch

Abstract

In this paper, glandular areas associated with the phallus in Triatoma rubrofasciata check for this species in other resources are described and illustrated for the first time. The glandular areas lie in the membrane surrounding the articulatory apparatus. In order to unambiguously define the locality of the respective glandular areas, some features of the pygophorephallus connection are redescribed. A possible functional context of the gland secretions is discussed. A preliminary study of several other Reduviidae implies that the described glandular areas occur in a wider range of taxa in this group.

Keywords
Reduviidae - Triatominae - exocrine gland - male external genitalia

 
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