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The disc-like organ of the Lestoniidae (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea), with remarks on lestoniid relationships

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The morphology of the 'disc-like organ' of Lestonia haustorifera is described on the basis of SEM-techniques. There is evidence for a gland function of this organ. The homology of the disc-like organ of Lestoniidae with Pendergrast's organ of Acanthosomatidae and the phylogenetic relationships of Lestoniidae within Pentatomoidea are discussed.

Affiliations: 1: C. Fischer, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie/Zoologie, Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3, D-14195 Berlin, Germany (, Email:


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