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Insects 2017, 8(1), 11; doi:10.3390/insects8010011

Morphological Characteristics of Terminalia of the Wasp-Mimicking Fly, Stomorhina discolor (Fabricius)

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Nakhonsawan Campus, Mahidol University, 402/1 Moo 5, Khaothong Subdistrict, Phayuhakiri District, Nakhonsawan 60130, Thailand
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Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, 110 Inthavaroros Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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College of Medicine and Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani University, 85 Sathonlamark Road, Warin Chamrap District, Ubon Ratchathani 34190, Thailand
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Department of Medical Entomology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo 162-8640, Japan
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Department of Biology, Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Boulevard, Wichita Falls, TX 76308, USA
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Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University, 99 Moo 9, Tha Pho Subdistrict, Muang District, Phitsanulok 65000, Thailand
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Centre of Excellence in Medical Biotechnology, Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University, 99 Moo 9, Tha Pho Subdistrict, Muang District, Phitsanulok 65000, Thailand
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Academic Editor: Brian T. Forschler
Received: 2 December 2016 / Revised: 4 January 2017 / Accepted: 9 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
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Abstract

Stomorhina discolor (Fabricius), a species of blow fly that mimics wasps, is distributed worldwide, but detailed information about characteristics of its adult terminalia is incomplete. To help fill this gap in the information, the morphology of adult stages of S. discolor was investigated using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Observations using the light microscope revealed unique characteristics of the male genitalia that are markedly different from other blow fly species. More morphological detail, including observation of several sensilla (e.g., sensilla trichoid and sensilla basiconica) along the male terminalia and female ovipositor, was seen under the scanning electron microscope. These details can be taxonomically valuable for identifying males and females of S. discolor and may help address matters concerning copulation in this species. View Full-Text
Keywords: Stomorhina discolor; ultrastructure; external genitalia; ovipositors Stomorhina discolor; ultrastructure; external genitalia; ovipositors
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Moophayak, K.; Sanit, S.; Chaiwong, T.; Sukontason, K.; Kurahashi, H.; Sukontason, K.L.; Vogtsberger, R.C.; Bunchu, N. Morphological Characteristics of Terminalia of the Wasp-Mimicking Fly, Stomorhina discolor (Fabricius). Insects 2017, 8, 11.

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