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J Insect Sci. 2013;13:70. doi: 10.1673/031.013.7001.

On the morphology of the digestive system of two Monomorium ant species.

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1 Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais, Instituto de Biociências, São Paulo State University, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

The digestive system of adults and mature larvae of two ant species of Monomorium Mayr (Hymoneptera: Formicidae) were described with the aid of light and scanning electron microscopy, as there is a lack of studies in this area. These two ant species are recurrently found in urban habitats and are known as 'tramp species,' as they cause problems in households, businesses, and hospitals. The most interesting finds of the present study include the existence of spinules in the crop of adults, and the number of Malpighian tubules and rectal pads was constant among different castes, ages, and species.

PMID:
24224520
PMCID:
PMC3835044
DOI:
10.1673/031.013.7001
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