Coloration and Chromes



Compared to the richness of integumental colors of numerous insects, coloration of chelicerates appears to be of little diversity, except for spiders and certain mites. Particularly in spiders a wide range of coloration is presented (Millot 1926; Kaston 1948; Crome 1955; Levi and Levi 1968; Stern and Kullmann 1975), based upon integumental chromes and also specific cuticular structures. Furthermore, color patterns may be supplemented by white guanine inclusions of intestinal storage cells (Minot 1926; Blanke 1972; Seitz 1972).


Color Change Color Pattern Crab Spider Final Moulting Intestinal Diverticulum 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine und Spezielle ZoologieJustus Liebig-UniversitätGießenGermany

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