Morphology and Evolution of the Insect Abdomen - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080187532, 9781483187518

Morphology and Evolution of the Insect Abdomen

1st Edition

With Special Reference to Developmental Patterns and Their Bearings upon Systematics

Authors: Ryuichi Matsuda
Editors: G. A. Kerkut
eBook ISBN: 9781483187518
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 544
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Morphology and Evolution of the Insect Abdomen: With Special Reference to Developmental Patterns and Their Bearings Upon Systematics focuses on the morphology and evolution of the skeletal structures of the insect abdomen and the internal reproductive system. Emphasis is placed on patterns of development and their implications for systematics.

Comprised of 44 chapters, this book begins with an introduction to the principles of structural evolution, paying particular attention to morphogenetical regularities and anagenesis, heterochrony, substitution and homology, and analogy. The next section is devoted to various aspects of the insect abdomen including abdominal segmentation, appendages, and ovipositor as well as the male external genitalia, the male and female efferent duct, and the abdominal ganglia. The final section deals with the abdomen of a wide range of insect classes such as Protura, Collembola, Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Homoptera, Mantodea, and Diptera.

This monograph will be of interest to entomologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists.

Table of Contents



Part I. Principles of Structural Evolution

1. Morphogenetical Regularities and Anagenesis

2. Heterochrony




The Law of Deviation


The Biogenetic Law

3. Substitution and Homology

4. Homology and Analogy

Definition and the Major Criterion of Homology

Subsidiary Criteria of Homologization (Identification)

Homologization (Identification) of Some Structures Based on the Developmental Sequence

Development of Muscles and Exoskeleton and the Reliability of Muscle Attachments as Landmarks in Identifying External Structures

Innervation as a Basis of Homologization (Identification)

Homologizations (Identifications) of Some Internal Structures in Insects

Limitation of the Homology Concept

Kinds of Homology

Convergence and Analogy

Alteration of Function of Homologous Structures

5. Conclusions and Prospects

6. Summary

Morphogenetical Regularities and Anagenesis


Substitution and Homology

Definition, Criteria, Kinds and Attributes of Homology

Part II. A General Discussion on the Insect Abdomen

7. Abdominal Segmentation

8. Abdominal Appendages and Similar Structures

9. The Male External Genitalia

10. The Ovipositor and Associated Structures

11. The Origin of External Genitalia in Insects

12. The Male Efferent Duct and Associated Structures

13. The Female Efferent Duct and Associated Structures

14. Th


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Ryuichi Matsuda

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G. A. Kerkut

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