Eur. J. Entomol. 107 (1): 133-135, 2010 | 10.14411/eje.2010.018

Alteration of sex-related developmental modules: A case of "feminized" male wing morphology in Creobroter gemmatus (Mantodea: Hymenopodidae)

Olivier BÉTHOUX
Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Institute of Geology, Department of Palaeontology, Bernhard-von-Cotta Str. 2,

A particular case of the alteration of the organization of a developmental module is presented, viz. mixed gynandromorphism in Creobroter gemmatus, in which a male exhibits the usual fore- and hind wing venation and shape of its sex, but patterns of coloration typical of females. Homologies between corresponding areas of the fore- and hind wings are suggested. "Feminization" is defined as the occurrence of traits typical of the female phenotype in a male, and is suggested as a plausible way in which insect wing morphology may be transformed.

Keywords: Homology, modular organization, mixed gynandromorphism, feminization, evolution, Hymenopodidae

Received: August 5, 2009; Accepted: October 6, 2009; Published: February 15, 2010

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