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1 September 2009 Ambulatory Use of Ventro-Lateral Abdominal Ampullae by Larvae of Labidomera clivicollis (Kirby) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)
Grey T. Gustafson, Caroline S. Chaboo
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Abstract

Ampullae appear to be common in the larvae of some chrysomelid subfamilies. We describe and discuss the occurrence and use of these structures in larvae of Labidomera clivicollis (Kirby), on its host plant Asclepias verticillata L. (Asclepiadaceae) under field and lab conditions. Through film footage, we reveal that ventral ampullae are apparent on all ten segments of the larval abdomen; however, only those associated with segments AVIII–AX were actually used in ambulation by anchoring to the host plant. These ampullae always function with the true legs during movement. Our study unveils ambiguities in homology and terminology of abdominal ambulatory structures that are relevant to discussions of chrysomelid characters and phylogeny.

Grey T. Gustafson and Caroline S. Chaboo "Ambulatory Use of Ventro-Lateral Abdominal Ampullae by Larvae of Labidomera clivicollis (Kirby) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)," The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(3), 357-363, (1 September 2009). https://doi.org/10.1649/1162.1
Received: 2 February 2009; Accepted: 1 June 2009; Published: 1 September 2009
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