Antennal hair erection in male mosquitoes: a new mechanical effector in insects.


Journal Article

Male Anopheles mosquitoes erect their antennal hairs prior to mating. The erectile mechanism resides in a unique annulus at the base of each hair whorl. It appears that the insect regulates the degree of hydration of this annulus. When the annulus is made to swell the attached hairs are pushed to their erect position.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nijhout, HF; Sheffield, HG

Published Date

  • November 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 206 / 4418

Start / End Page

  • 595 - 596

PubMed ID

  • 40308

Pubmed Central ID

  • 40308

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.40308


  • eng