Morphology of the female organs of reproduction in the Miridae (Hemiptera)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1955
Authors:N. O. R. M. A. N. T. DAVIS
Journal:Annals of the Entomological Society of America

This investigation was undertaken in order to provide a more complete understanding of the structure and function of the parts of the female reproductive system in Miridae. Special emphasis has been given to the structure of the genital chamber and to the possible homologies of its parts. Since certain structures of the genital chamber are now becoming important as taxonomic characters, there exists a definite need for a morphological study so that these structures may be adequately understood. When possible, it is highly desirable that names of structures used in taxonomy be standardized by determining the existing homologies in various groups of insects. This must be done to avoid adding to the abundant synonymy and excessive number of morphological names. Of course, in many instances structures apparently become differentiated out of relatively unspecialized areas and, therefore, no particular homologies exist. To such structures descriptive names can be applied. However, basing such descriptive names on the location relative to structures which can be homologized should avoid needless complexity in morphological names.

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