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The ant abdomen: The skeletomuscular and soft tissue anatomy of Amblyopone australis workers (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Lieberman, Z. E.; Billen, J.; Kamp, T. van de ORCID iD icon 1,2; Boudinot, B. E.
1 Laboratorium für Applikationen der Synchrotronstrahlung (LAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Photonenforschung und Synchrotronstrahlung (IPS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Recent studies of insect anatomy evince a trend towards a comprehensive and integrative investigation of individual traits and their evolutionary relationships. The abdomen of ants, however, remains critically understudied. To address this shortcoming, we describe the abdominal anatomy of Amblyopone australis Erichson, using a multimodal approach combining manual dissection, histology, and microcomputed tomography. We focus on skeletomusculature, but additionally describe the metapleural and metasomal exocrine glands, and the morphology of the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. We describe the muscles of the dorsal vessel and the ducts of the venom and Dufour's gland, and characterize the visceral anal musculature. Through comparison with other major ant lineages, apoid wasps, and other hymenopteran outgroups, we provide a first approximation of the complete abdominal skeletomuscular groundplan in Formicidae, with a nomenclatural schema generally applicable to the hexapod abdomen. All skeletal muscles were identifiable with their homologs, while we observe potential apomorphies in the pregenital skeleton and the sting musculature. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000146068
Veröffentlicht am 12.05.2022
DOI: 10.1002/jmor.21471
Zitationen: 8
Web of Science
Zitationen: 7
Zitationen: 9
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Photonenforschung und Synchrotronstrahlung (IPS)
Laboratorium für Applikationen der Synchrotronstrahlung (LAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 06.2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0362-2525, 0022-2887, 1097-4687
KITopen-ID: 1000146068
HGF-Programm 56.13.11 (POF IV, LK 01) Building Blocks of Life: Structure and Function
Erschienen in Journal of Morphology
Verlag John Wiley and Sons
Band 283
Heft 6
Seiten 693-770
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 03.04.2022
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