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Mimicry and ultrastructural analogy between the semi-aquatic grasshopper Paulinia acuminata (Orthoptera: Pauliniidae) and its foodplant, the water-fern Salvinia auriculata (Filicatae: Salviniaceae)

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Barthlott, W., Riede, K., & Wolter, M. (1994). Mimicry and ultrastructural analogy between the semi-aquatic grasshopper Paulinia acuminata (Orthoptera: Pauliniidae) and its foodplant, the water-fern Salvinia auriculata (Filicatae: Salviniaceae). Amazoniana: Limnologia et Oecologia Regionalis Systematis Fluminis Amazonas, 13(1-2), 47-58.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-8B5C-9
Abstract
The semi-aquatic grasshopper Paulinia acuminata is mimetically protected by a striking similarity to
its foodplant, the floating fern Salvinia auriculata. A SEM study of the cuticula of young grasshopper
nymphs and the Salvinia leaf surface reveals a similar ultrastructure of epicuticular waxes which makes
both organisms extremely water repellent.