oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Hairs of dermestid larvae attached to spirit-preserved specimens in museums
|Article Title||Hairs of dermestid larvae attached to spirit-preserved specimens in museums|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg.|
|Publication Date||Apr 1958|
|Pages||129 - 131|
|Keyword(s)||Dermestid larvae, Museums and Spirit-preserved specimens|
While working on a collection of Opiliones from Madagascar which had been sent to me by Professor Max Vachon of the Paris National Museum, I was puzzled by the appearance of some peculiar hairs adhering to the mouthparts of a species of phalangodid harvest-spider, Anaceros humilis Lawr., in one of the phials. These hairs, which superficially suggested a peculiar type of sensory structure, were in all cases attached by their enlarged sperm-like heads to the spines and setae of the pedipalps, chelicerae and legs of the harvest-spiders; they were extremely minute, 0.5 mm in length, and were only detached and mounted on a slide with considerable difficulty.
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