Sexually dimorphic tegumental gland openings in Laniatores (Arachnida, Opiliones), with new data on 23 species.

  title={Sexually dimorphic tegumental gland openings in Laniatores (Arachnida, Opiliones), with new data on 23 species.},
  author={Rodrigo H Willemart and Abel P{\'e}rez-Gonz{\'a}lez and J C Farine and Pedro Gnaspini},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  volume={271 6},
Sexually dimorphic glands often release sexual pheromones both in vertebrates and invertebrates. Species of Laniatores (Arachnida, Opiliones) seem to depend on chemical communication but few studies have addressed this topic. In this study, we review the literature for the Phalangida and present new data for 23 species of Laniatores. In 16 taxa, we found previously undescribed sexually dimorphic glandular openings on the femur, patella, metatarsus, and tarsus of legs I and metatarsus of legs… CONTINUE READING
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