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sclerotization

(sklĕr′ə-tĭ-zā′shən)
n.
The process by which the cuticle of an arthropod is hardened by cross-linked sclerotin.

scler′o·tize′ (-tīz′) v.
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(F.) donatoi the pigmentation pattern of flagellomeres and abdominal terga, but the spermathecae are larger and lightly sclerotized, the fore and midlegs are entirely yellowish, the hind femur is mostly yellowish with a subapical, broad dark brown ring and the costal ratio is larger.
The pharyngeal sclerite was well sclerotized. The mouth hooks were massive, symmetrical, and strongly sclerotized.
of the described species are: larval prothoracic spatula absent, collar segment with two very large papillae without setae in dorsal region; dorsal sclerotized plate occupying pro and mesothorax, lacking central papillae in mesothorax; pleural papillae very well developed in prothorax; terminal segment with four pairs of setose papillae (one setae long, one median and two short) not placed in lobes.
-- ITA absent; embolus not as above 7 7 Embolus tip broad (Fig.39) 9 -- Embolus tip slender (Fig.30) 8 8 RTA long with darkly sclerotized elongated hooked tip (Fig.39) peterwebbi sp.
GENITALIA: Dorsal labiate plate small, folded, entirely membranous, sclerotized rings absent (Fig.
1, 7); embolus surrounding tegulum, supported by conductor; conductor sclerotized ventrally, with retrolateral laminar projection supporting embolus tip (Figs.
A direct relation of proventriculus morphology with diet is established for termites: these wood feeders show a proventriculus armed with stronger teeth and strongly sclerotized appendices, compared to noncellulose feeders, where the proventriculus is less sclerotized and presents reduced appendices (Gibbs 1967, Lebrun 1985, Lebrun & Lequet 1985, Caetano 1988, Bland & Rentz 1991).
The tip consisted of a long, thin sclerotized tube (the flagellum) that was nearly as long as the inflated endophallus, and which was of uniform diameter until it tapered at its distal end (Fig.