Researches on Population Ecology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 119–128 | Cite as

Variability in wing form of crickets

  • Sinzo Masaki
  • Toru Shimizu
Special Issue: Dispersal Polymorphism in Insects: Its Adaptation and Evolution Part 2


Loss of functional hindwings is observed in most subfamilies of Japanese crickets. Habitat, behaviour, body size and phylogenetic factors might be involved, but interactions among them may obscure the general trend. Wing dimorphism is common among the relatively small-sized members of Gryllinae, and the two small-sized subfamilies, Nemobiinae and Trigonidiinae. Both environmental cues (e. g. photoperiod) and genetic factors affect the wing form. InDianemobius fascipes (Nemobiinae), the percentage macroptery was drastically changed by selection for macroptery or microptery. Crossing experiments indicated polygenic control of wing form as well asX-chromosomal and maternal effects. Neither the long-winged nor short-winged line bred true after 40 generations of selection. Full-sib families revealed a large genetic variation in frequency of macropterous forms within a population. The genetic determination of the propensity for macropterism did not seem to be directly coupled to the mechanism performing the photoperiodic time-measurement.

Key words

wing forms crickets environmental factors photoperiod genetic variation selection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sinzo Masaki
    • 1
  • Toru Shimizu
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of EntomologyFaculty of Agriculture Hirosaki UniversityHirosakiJapan

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