Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3866
These are pincer-like processes found at the tip of the abdomen. They are particularly well developed in earwigs (Fig. 80), where they are used in defense, but also occur in some other insects where they are less noticeable and aid in clasping during copulation.
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