The hindgut ultrastructure, and excretory products of larvae of the imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren

@article{Petralia1982TheHU,
  title={The hindgut ultrastructure, and excretory products of larvae of the imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren},
  author={Ronald S. Petralia and Howard J. Williams and S. Bradleigh. Vinson},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1982},
  volume={29},
  pages={332-345}
}
SummaryThe ultrastructure and excretions of the hindgut of larvæ of the imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren, is described. The anterior or base of the hindgut is closed and rooted (via the “dome”) in the posterior wall of the midgut, and is composed of basal cells of both the malpighian tubules and the small intestine (ileo-colon). The ileo-colon opens via a rectal valve into the rectum and transfers uric acid (white excretion) secreted by the malpighian tubules, into the rectum. The… 

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