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Morphology of eggs and spermatheca of Odontotarsus purpureolineatus (Heteroptera, Scutelleridae)

  • Selami Candan
  • Zekiye Suludere
  • Mahmut Erbey
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The morphology of the spermatheca and eggs of Odontotarsus purpureolineatus were studied by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The spherical eggs were about 1.35 mm long and 1.09 mm wide. The egg batches generally consist of 13–14 eggs. The egg surface is covered by polygonal (hexagonal and pentagonal shapes prevail) ridges and tiny chorionic tubercles. There were 8–10 aero-micropylar processes between the polygons. The spermatheca of O. purpureolineatus is characterized by a spherical spermathecal bulb, a pumping region, a flange of pump and dilation of spermathecal duct. Spermathecal processes and a median spermathecal dilation with sclerotized rod are missing. The spermathecal bulb and the pumping region possess many pores.

Key words

Heteroptera Scutelleridae Odontotarsus purpureolineatus morphology scanning electron microscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of BiologyGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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