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The CSIRO vesica everter: a new apparatus to inflate and harden eversible and other weakly sclerotised structures in insect genitalia

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Eversible and other weakly sclerotised structures in insect genitalia have a specific, often complex, three-dimensional shape. This shape is a rich source of taxonomic information which often remains unexploited because of the difficulty of preparing good specimens. The CSIRO vesica everter is a new apparatus designed to inflate and harden these structures, making the information in their three-dimensional shape easily accessible to systematists. The CSIRO vesica everter and its operation are described. The apparatus is illustrated. Examples of lepidopteran and coleopteran genitalia prepared with it are figured.
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Keywords: CSIRO vesica everter; Insect genitalia; specimen preparation; taxonomic information; three-dimensional shape

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CSIRO Entomology, G.P.O. Box 1700, Canberra, ACT2601, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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