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Small is beautiful: features of the smallest insects and limits to miniaturization.
  • A. Polilov
  • Biology
    Annual review of entomology
  • 7 January 2015
TLDR
Because the smallest insects are among the smallest metazoans and have the most complex organization among organisms of the same size, their peculiar structural features and the factors that limit their miniaturization are of considerable theoretical interest to general biology.
Anatomy of the smallest coleoptera, featherwing beetles of the tribe nanosellini (Coleoptera, Ptiliidae), and limits of insect miniaturization
  • A. Polilov
  • Biology
    Entomological Review
  • 1 March 2008
TLDR
The internal structure of featherwing beetles was analyzed for the first time using 3D computer models, which allowed us to demonstrate changes in the relative volume of organs accompanying the body diminution.
At the Size Limit - Effects of Miniaturization in Insects
  • A. Polilov
  • Biology
    Springer International Publishing
  • 21 October 2016
The smallest insects evolve anucleate neurons.
  • A. Polilov
  • Biology
    Arthropod structure & development
  • 1 November 2011
Extraordinary flight performance of the smallest beetles
TLDR
A comparative study of speeds and accelerations in the smallest free-living insects, featherwing beetles (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae), and in larger representatives of related groups of Staphylinoidea, suggesting that the unique morphology and kinematics of the ptiliid wings are effective adaptations to flight at low Reynolds numbers.
The scaling and allometry of organ size associated with miniaturization in insects: A case study for Coleoptera and Hymenoptera
TLDR
In this study, a total of 28 complete and 24 partial 3D computer reconstructions of body and organs have been made for 23 insect species of 11 families and five orders and the relative volume of organs was analyzed based on these models.
Peculiarities of the brain organization and fine structure in small insects related to miniaturization. 2. The smallest Hymenoptera (Mymaridae, Trichogrammatidae)
The organization and fine structure of the brain in the smallest parasitic wasps, Anaphes flavipes and Trichogramma evanescens, were studied using serial histological sections as well as TEM and
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