oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A study of the tentorium in some orthopteroid Hexapoda

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In 1939 studies of the exoskeleton of the Orthopteroid Insects, classified by J. Omer-Cooper (1938) as Phasmida, Dictyophora and Saltatoria, were commenced with the object of testing the validity of his conclusions. The unsatisfactory state of our knowledge of the tentorium soon became apparent. It appeared to the writer that a thorough investigation of this structure would be of service to entomologists and might also prove useful in assessing the various schemes of insect classification which have been put forward. The present paper is a preliminary study of the three groups originally studied, but it is felt that before any certain conclusions on taxonomic questions can safely be discussed, a much wider survey is essential.

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