The metapleural gland of Aneuretus simoni (Formicidae, Aneuretinae)

Johan Billen
Aneuretus simoni workers have a paired metapleural gland that in minor workers contains six secretory cells on each side, while majors have 12 cells per side. The heavily sclerotized reservoir opens above the articulation of the hind-legs through a large round orifice with a diameter around 40 μm. Stiff dispenser hairs emerge from the orifice, and assist in guiding the secretory products to the exterior. The rounded to ovoid cells display a well-developed smooth endoplasmatic...
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