Biochemical Adaptations in Insect Muscle

  • Darrell R. Stokes
  • Charles R. Morgan


The insects are among the most successful groups of organisms known. Nearly one million species have been described, with perhaps an equal number remaining to be discovered; only the less conspicuous nematodes are more abundant. Numbers of species imply diversity; diversity in an evolutionary sense is based upon adaptation; adaptations are the product of biological specialization. The threads of diversity and specialization among arthropods appear throughout the chapters of this volume as they relate to one kind of biological activity — locomotion. Locomotion, as addressed in these chapters, is the result of the coordinated activities of the nervous system and a number of different effectors — the skeletal muscles of appendages (wings, legs, tail) and segments. The role of the nervous system is dealt with in other chapters (Clarac; Kammer and Rheuben) and reviewed by Hoyle (1965, 1975). Of interest here are the muscles involved in the locomotion of insects.


Muscle Glycogen Flight Muscle Slow Muscle Fast Muscle Biochemical Adaptation 
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  • Darrell R. Stokes
    • 1
  • Charles R. Morgan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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