Original paper

Caste Specific Differentiation of Female Gonads and Endocrine Glands during Early Development in Odontotermes stercorivorus (Isoptera: Termitidae)

Truckenbrodt, Wilfried; Garber, Dieter

Entomologia Generalis Volume 12 Number 2-3 (1987), p. 177 - 189

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published: Jun 1, 1987

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/12/1987/177

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Early events of female caste differentiation in a higher termite species, Odontotermes stercorivorus Sjoestedt 1907, are described here for the first time. - Gonads, corpora allata, and prothoracic glands were studied from late embryonic stage to 2nd larval and 1st nymphal instars which all were still subdivided into 6 steps. Differential morphogenesis in prospective reproductives and non-reproductives was observed already shortly after hatching. Temporal patterns of synchronized molt/intermolt mitotic activity were recorded in the internal organs and the epidermis as well.


Caste differentiationgonadscorpora allataprothoracic glandsearly developmentmitotic patternsOdontotermes stercorivorusTermitidae