oa African Zoology - Studies on Thysanura. I. The water economy of Machiloides delanyi Wygodzinsky and Ctenolepisma longicaudata Escherich

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The water economy of the Thysanura has been little studied. Sweetman (1938) has considered the survival of Thermobia domestica (Packard) when under water stress, and Beament et al (1964) have investigated the cuticular permeability of this species. Lindsay (1940) has studied the general biology of Ctenolepisma longicaudata Escherich and gives some information on survival times at different humidities, water content and water uptake. These investigations are all concerned with the Lepismatida. Other than the observations of Willem (1924) the water relations of the Machilida have not been investigated at all.

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