Data from: Selection for functional performance in the evolution of cuticle hardening mechanisms in insects

Paola Laiolo, Joaquina Pato, Juan Carlos Illera & José Ramón Obeso
Calcified tissues have repeatedly evolved in many animal lineages and show a tremendous diversity of forms and functions. The cuticle of many insects is enriched with elements other than Calcium, a strategy of hardening that is taxonomically widespread but apparently poorly variable among clades. Here, we investigate the evolutionary potential of the enrichment with metals in insect cuticle at different biological levels. We combined experimental evidence of Zinc content variation in the mandibles of a...
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