Metamorphosis and Its Hormonal Control

  • Werner A. Mueller
  • Monika Hassel
  • Maura Grealy


Metamorphosis (Greek: transformation, change of form) refers to fundamental remodelling of the whole body, and is associated with a fundamental change in the mode of life. The new phenotype occupies a new ecological niche and colonizes a different habitat. Larvae and adults utilize different nutritional resources and often live in different environments.


Juvenile Hormone Nutritional Resource Reverse Development Adult Structure Hemimetabolous Insect 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner A. Mueller
    • 1
  • Monika Hassel
    • 2
  • Maura Grealy
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre of Organismal StudiesUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Spezielle ZoologieUniversität Marburg FB BiologieMarburgGermany
  3. 3.Pharmacology and TherapeuticsNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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