Parallel evolution of novelties: extremely long intromittent organs in the leaf beetle subfamily Criocerinae.

@article{Matsumura2013ParallelEO,
  title={Parallel evolution of novelties: extremely long intromittent organs in the leaf beetle subfamily Criocerinae.},
  author={Yoko Matsumura and Ryuichiro Machida and Benjamin rer. nat. Wipfler and Rolf Georg Beutel and Kazunori Yoshizawa},
  journal={Evolution & development},
  year={2013},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={
          305-15
        }
}
Extreme elongation of a part of the intromittent organ, the flagellum, has occurred several times in Criocerinae (Chrysomelidae). These leaf beetles have acquired a specialized pocket to store the flagellum in the abdominal cavity, at the same time allowing a quick control of movements of this structure during copulation. We investigated the morphogenesis of the intromittent organs of species with and without a flagellum to discuss the evolutionary background of parallel evolution of novel… CONTINUE READING
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