Miniaturisation effects in larvae and adults of Mikado sp. (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae), one of the smallest free-living insects.

  title={Miniaturisation effects in larvae and adults of Mikado sp. (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae), one of the smallest free-living insects.},
  author={A. Polilov and R. Beutel},
  journal={Arthropod structure & development},
  volume={38 3},
  • A. Polilov, R. Beutel
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Arthropod structure & development
  • We present the first morphological study of larvae and adults of Mikado sp. - one of the smallest known beetles and free-living insects (body length of adult is 390-455microm). Morphological and developmental consequences of miniaturisation in Mikado and insects in general are discussed. We used histological sectioning, scanning electron microscopy, laser confocal microscopy and 3D-computer reconstruction. For the first time we report that according to the morphometric data of Mikado sp., at… CONTINUE READING
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