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The Ultrastructure and Phylogeny of Insect Spermatozoa

The Ultrastructure and Phylogeny of Insect Spermatozoa


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521279413

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  • This 1987 book reviews and illustrates the structure, as seen by the scanning and transmission electron microscopes, of the spermatozoa of insects, centipedes, millipedes and onychophorans. Virtually every reference in the large literature on sperm ultrastructure in these groups is cited and many further observations are included. The spermatozoa of spiders and other arachnids and crustaceans are also briefly treated. The remarkable diversity of sperm structure in arthropods is shown to have great value for the study of taxonomic and evolutionary relationships. These variations and omissions have important lessons for students familiar with the more orthodox sperm of mammals. Giant sperm reaching a length of 15mm, much longer than the male fly, are described for Drosophila and the genetic control of sperm structure and its manipulation by x-ray irradiation and hybridization, with implications for control of lepidopteran insect pests is discussed.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521279413
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction. Uniramia and spermatozoal evidence for arthropod phylogeny
    2. Subphylum Onychophora
    3. Subphylum Myriapoda
    4. Superclass Hexapoda
    5. Class Insecta (Ectognathous hexapods) subclass Apterygota
    6. Subclass Pterygota (introduction)
    7. Infraclass Palaeoptera
    8. Infraclas Neoptera
    9. Orders Orthopera and Phasmatodea
    10. Orders Embioptera, Dermaptera, Plecoptera and Grylloblattodea
    11. The hemipteroid (rhynchotoid) orders
    12. Order Hemiptera
    13. Suborder Heteroptera
    14. The endopterygotes (Holometaboloa)
    15. Order Coleoptera
    16. The panorpoid orders
    17. Order Diptera
    18. Superorder Amphiesmenoptera
    19. Order Hymenoptera
    20. Taxonomic summary and phylogenetic analysis of hexapod spermatozoa
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Barrie G. M. Jamieson

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