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Improved visualization of Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) - Part I: Morphological Features for Sex Determination of Multiple Stadia
- Esquivel, J. F., Crippen, T. L., Ward, L. A.
- Psyche 2012 v.2012 pp. 1
- Alphitobius diaperinus, insect morphology, insect pests, poultry, sex determination, sexual development
- The lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer), is a perennial pest of poultry facilities and known to transmit pathogens of poultry and humans. Ongoing research examining reservoir potential of A. diaperinus revealed the need for a comprehensive, user-friendly guide for determining sex of A. diaperinus at different stadia. This paper is unique in providing a comprehensive illustrated guide of characters used for differentiation of sexes in A. diaperinus.