Functional morphology of the metapleural gland in workers of the ant Crematogaster inflata ( Hymenoptera , Formicidae )

Workers of Crematogaster inflata possess the largest metapleural glands (relative to body size) known among ants, with reservoirs extending anteriorly up to the junction between the proand the mesothorax, and with over 1400 secretory cells on both sides together. This large secretory capacity is related to the gland’s defensive function, which, in members… CONTINUE READING