oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Hairs of dermestid larvae attached to spirit-preserved specimens in museums

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



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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