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ZUr Entwicklung und zum Paarungsverhalten zentralamazonischer Meinertelliden (Machiloidea, Archaeognatha, Insecta)


Adis,  Joachim U.
Working Group Tropical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Sturm, H., & Adis, J. U. (1984). ZUr Entwicklung und zum Paarungsverhalten zentralamazonischer Meinertelliden (Machiloidea, Archaeognatha, Insecta). Amazoniana: Limnologia et Oecologia Regionalis Systematis Fluminis Amazonas, 8(4), 447-473.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-7015-6
Collected in different types of rain forest near Manaus, Amazonas, scaleless instars of three species of the Meinertellidae are described for the first time. The first and second instars are described for Meinertellus adisi, and the second instars for Neomachilellus amazonicus and N. scandens. Differential characteristics are given for these instars as well as for advanced juvenile and subadult instars. Based on samples collected with various methods, the development time (hatched - adult time span) of N. scandens in the natural environment is estimated to be 3 - 4 months. The matting behaviour of this species is described and represents the first observation of this nature for the family Meinertellidae. Different from the sperm-transfer modus observed in Machilidae, the male deposits a stalked spermatophore on the ground and the sperm sac, covered by secretory products, is picked up by the female with the ovipositor.