Journal Details


Volume Number:  1
Jurnal Name:  Efflatounia

Authors: 
               Taha T. M. Bassal
               M. E. El-Naggar
               N. M. Fahmy
               M. A. A. Dorrah
               M. H. Sallam
               M. S. Salama

Title:
CARNIVORY, RATE OF DIGESTION, AND PREY CONSUMPTION BY Labidura riparia (DERMAPTERA: LABIDURIDAE)

Keywords: 
Carnivory, Digestion, Prey consumption, Labidura riparia

Abstract:
Some features of feeding in Labidura riparia were studied. After a full meal, five arbitrary gut states were observed for the progress of digestion and movements of the ingested prey body fragments within the gut lumen. Use of the prey specific esterases for the assessment of these processes was less reliable. The progress of these processes is proportional to the meal size. The daily diets (2 or 3 times) were ingested at the time when the foregut was mainly evaccuated from, and the midgut occupied by, the prey body fragments. The seat of hunger was hypothesized to be in the foregut. The female had a higher fecundity and longer life span when fed upon an insect diet than upon other types. The daily prey consumption increases as the nymphal stage advances from the first to the sixth instar. The adult female has comparatively the highest rate of prey consumption, particularly during oogenesis.

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