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Secretory material from antennal organs and its possible role in mating behaviour of Pipunculidae (Diptera)

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The study of antennal morphology of entomoparasitic flies belonging to the family Pipunculidae (Diptera) revealed the presence of a developed secretory system area on the third antennal segment (flagellum) of pipunculid males. The possible physiological function of this system is discussed. Socketed mechanotactile bristles, two types of basiconical sensilla, one type of grooved sensilla, and a sensory pit form the sensillar system of pipunculid antennae. The morphology of these sensilla and the pattern of their distribution are presented. The discovery of a secretory system in male antennae reveals the possible complex role of antennae in courtship behaviour of pipunculid flies.

L’étude de la morphologie des antennes des mouches entomoparasites de la famille Pipunculidae (Diptera) révèle la présence d’une zone sécrétrice développée sur le troisième segment antennaire (flagelle) chez les pipunculidés mâles. Nous discutons de la fonction physiologique possible de ce système. Des soies mécanotactiles fixées dans des alvéoles, deux types de sensilles basiconiques, un type de sensille à cannelures et une fosse sensorielle forment le système de sensilles de l’antenne des pipunculidés. Nous présentons la morphologie de ces sensilles et leur patron de répartition. La découverte d’un système sécréteur dans l’antenne du mâle laisse croire à un rôle complexe des antennes dans le comportement de cour chez les diptères pipunculidés.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-12-01

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