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Harden up: metal acquisition in the weaponized ovipositors of aculeate hymenoptera

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dc.contributor.author Baumann, Kate en
dc.contributor.author Vicenzi, Edward P. en
dc.contributor.author Lam, Thomas en
dc.contributor.author Douglas, Janet en
dc.contributor.author Arbuckle, Kevin en
dc.contributor.author Cribb, Bronwen en
dc.contributor.author Brady, Seán G. en
dc.contributor.author Fry, Bryan G. en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-28T09:02:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-28T09:02:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Baumann, Kate, Vicenzi, Edward P., Lam, Thomas, Douglas, Janet, Arbuckle, Kevin, Cribb, Bronwen, Brady, Seán G., and Fry, Bryan G. 2018. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/35505">Harden up: metal acquisition in the weaponized ovipositors of aculeate hymenoptera</a>." <em>Zoomorphology</em>. 389&ndash;406. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-018-0403-1">https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-018-0403-1</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0720-213X
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/35505
dc.description.abstract The use of metal ions to harden the tips and edges of ovipositors is known to occur in many hymenopteran species. However, species using the ovipositor for delivery of venom, which occurs in the aculeate hymenoptera (stinging wasps, ants, and bees) remains uninvestigated. In this study, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis was used to investigate the morphology and metal compositional differences among aculeate aculei. We show that aculeate aculei have a wide diversity of morphological adaptations relating to their lifestyle. We also demonstrate that metals are present in the aculei of all families of aculeate studied. The presence of metals is non-uniform and concentrated in the distal region of the stinger, especially along the longitudinal edges. This study is the first comparative investigation to document metal accumulation in aculeate aculei. en
dc.relation.ispartof Zoomorphology en
dc.title Harden up: metal acquisition in the weaponized ovipositors of aculeate hymenoptera en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 146198
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s00435-018-0403-1
rft.jtitle Zoomorphology
rft.issue 137
rft.spage 389
rft.epage 406
dc.description.SIUnit MCI en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Entomology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 389
dc.citation.epage 406

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