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< Leonid I. Frantsevich >

Leonid Frantsevich, Stanislav Gorb, Vladimir Radchenko, Dmytro Gladun, Alexey Polilov. 2014. LehrТs fields of campaniform sensilla in beetles (Coleoptera): functional morphology. I. General part and allometry. Arthropod Structure & Development 43 523-535.


In this first of three articles we show construction of the articular part of the elytron, the root. The root bears a conspicuous field of campaniform sensilla (CFS). This field was studied using light and scanning electron microscopes. Diversity of shape of the field among beetles, types of orientation of elongated sensilla within the field, individual variability of their number among conspecifics are demonstrated. Elongated CFS point to the junction of the elytron with the second axillary plate. Presumably, they monitor twist movement in this junction which is possible if the elytron is open. Our data on allometric relationships between the animal size and quantitative characteristics of the field in normally flying beetles provide an important background for further functional analysis of this sensory organ.

The root of the elytron in Melolontha melolontha. (A) the whole elytron. The small process protuding forward is the articulatory part of the elytron, i.e. the root. The box encloses the basal part of the elytron, shown in (B). The box in (B) encloses the root, shown in (C). The root consists of the forked lateral apophysis (LA), the oval medial apophysis (MA) and an intermediate sector in between where the LehrТs field of CFS is situated. Arrows show position of the intermediate sector. The second and third axillary plates (2Ax, 3Ax) are embedded into the pale articular membrane. A stripe-like elytral process (e2) connects 2Ax with the elytron. The white dot indicates the fusion of e2 with the intermediate sector. Scale bars 10 mm (A), 1 mm (B, C).

Roots and their substructures. (A-C) general view of a root, the sensory field indicated with an arrow; (D-F) LehrТs fields of CFS, (G-H) campaniform sensilla. (A, E) Hydrous piceus (Hydrophylidae); (B) Melolontha hippocastani (Melolonthinae); (C) Lytta vesicatoria (Meloidae); (D) Priacma serrata (Cupedidae); (F, H) Synapsis tmolus (Scarabaeinae); (G) Cybister laterimarginalis (Dytiscidae); (I) Ithone hexaspilota (Coccinellidae). Scale bars 500 µm (A, B), 200 µm (C, E, F), 100 µm (D), 10 µm (G), 5 µm (H, I).

Left (A, C, E, G, I, K) and right (B, D, F, H, J, L) fields of CFS are not exactly symmetric in four specimens of Cicindela campestris (A-H) and in two specimens of Anoplotrupes stercorosus (I-L). Silhouettes of the elytra are depicted for each specimen. Pairs (G, H) and (I, J) Ц females, rest are males. Scale bar for (A-H) 20 µm, for (I-L) 100 µm. Counts of CFS for A. stercorosus are 120 (I), 123 (J), 100 (K), and 106 (L).

We selected 14 series of flying species belonging to the same taxon but differing in size from big to small. The area of the sensory field is directly proportional to the elytral area, whereas the number of sensilla is proportional to the square root of the elytral area. Despite the great range in the elytral area (1500 times) in series of selected species the area of an external pit or cap of a single sensillum varies only 25-fold. The density of sensilla per unit area of the sensory field increases with a decrease of the elytral area.

Allometric relationships versus the area of the elytron Ae (abscissa, in mm2) for (A) the field area Af (in µ2), (B) number N of sensilla, (C) average length Ls of the sensillum (in µm), and (D) filling f % of the LehrТs field with CFS (in %). Ae, Af, and N are given in the decimal logarithmic scale.

Filling of the sensory field with campaniform sensilla (A, B) and size of the elytra (C, D) in a giant and dwarf beetle. (A, C) Megasoma elephas (Dynastinae), (B, D) Stethorus punctillum (Coccinellidae). Scale bars 10 µm (A), 5 µm (B), 30 mm (C), 1 mm (D). Length of the elytra differs by 40.7 times, that of sensilla Ц only by 2.8 times, filling Ц by 16 times.


Series of papers:

1. LehrТs fields of campaniform sensilla in beetles:

- General part and allometry

- Wing reduction and the sensory field

- Modification of elytral mobility



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