Eur. J. Entomol. 110 (3): 527-534, 2013 | 10.14411/eje.2013.070

Ovaries of Puto superbus and Ceroputo pilosellae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea): Morphology, ultrastructure, phylogenetic and taxonomic implications

Anna MICHALIK1, Małgorzata KALANDYK-KOŁODZIEJCZYK2, Ewa SIMON2, Michał KOBIAŁKA1, Teresa SZKLARZEWICZ1
1 Department of Developmental Biology and Morphology of Invertebrates, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Kraków, Poland; e-mail: a.michalik@uj.edu.pl
2 Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia, Bankowa 9, 40-007 Katowice, Poland

Ovaries of Puto superbus and Ceroputo pilosellae are composed of numerous short telotrophic ovarioles that are arranged around the distal part of the lateral oviduct. An individual ovariole consists of a distal trophic chamber (= tropharium) and proximal vitellarium. The tropharia enclose individual trophocytes (= nurse cells) and early previtellogenic oocytes termed arrested oocytes. A single oocyte develops in each vitellarium. Analysis of serial sections has shown that ovarioles of P. superbus contain from 16 to 51 germ cells (13-43 trophocytes, 2-7 arrested oocytes, 1 developing oocyte) while those of C. pilosellae from only 8 to 10 germ cells (5-7 trophocytes, 0-2 arrested oocytes, 1 developing oocyte). The classification and phylogeny of scale insects are discussed taking into consideration the results of this study.

Keywords: Hemiptera, Coccoidea, Puto superbus, Ceroputo pilosellae, ovariole, germ cells, trophocyte, oocyte, scale insects

Received: January 10, 2013; Accepted: April 15, 2013; Published: July 11, 2013

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