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Acta zoológica mexicana

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RAMIREZ-CRUZ, Arturo  and  LLANDERAL-CAZARES, Celina. Morphology of the female reproductive system of Comadia redtenbacheri (Hammerschmidt) (Lepidoptera: Cossidae). Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.431-435. ISSN 2448-8445.

Due to the economic significance of the agave red worm Comadia redtenbacheri (Hammerschmidt) (Lepidoptera: Cossidae), and with the objective of increasing the knowledge about its reproductive biology, the morphology of the female reproductive system was studied. In general, it is similar to that of other Lepidoptera, with a few differences. The average potential fecundity was 104 oocytes per female. A small diverticulum or lobe was present in the base of the bursa copulatrix; inside the bursa, a single spermatophore was found. The spermatheca has a utriculus and a lagena. The glandular portion of the accessory glands is unusually long compared with other Lepidoptera.

Keywords : red worm; ovarioles; accessory glands; bursa copulatrix; potential fecundity.

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