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Billen, J. & Delsinne, T.

Year: 2014


A novel intramandibular gland in the ant Tatuidris tatusia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Journal: Myrmecological News

Volume: 19

Pages: 61-64

Type of contribution: Original Article

Supplementary material: No


The mandibles of Tatuidris tatusia workers are completely filled with glandular cells that represent a novel kind of intramandibular gland that has not been found in ants so far. Whereas the known intramandibular glands in ants are either epithelial glands of class-1, or scattered class-3 cells that open through equally scattered pores on the mandibular surface, the ducts of the numerous class-3 secretory cells of Tatuidris all converge to open through a conspicuous sieve plate at the proximal ventral side near the inner margin of each mandible.

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Key words:

Exocrine glands, mandibles, histology, Agroecomyrmecinae.

Publisher: The Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics

ISSN: Print: 1994-4136 - Online: 1997-3500