Anatomical and histological studies of the alimentary canal of adult maize leaf weevil, Tanymecusdilaticollis Gyllenhal, 1834 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

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Candan S. , Özyurt Koçakoğlu N. , Güllü M., Çağlar Ü.

MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE, vol.83, pp.1153-1162, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jemt.23507
  • Page Numbers: pp.1153-1162
  • Keywords: alimentary canal, anatomy, electron microscopy, histology, Tanymecusdilaticollis, TANYMECUS-DILATICOLLIS GYLL, GREY CORN WEEVIL, DIGESTIVE-TRACT, MORPHOLOGY, ULTRASTRUCTURE, PESTS


In this study, ananatomical and histological study was conducted on the alimentary canal of Tanymecusdilaticollis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), which is an economic polyphagous pest species, to study the relationship between the structure of the alimentary canal and the feeding habit. Therefore, the structure of the alimentary canal of T. dilaticollis was examined using light and electron microscopies. Results have shown that the alimentary canal in T. dilaticollis is consisted of three separate regions as foregut, midgut, and hindgut structurally between the mouth and the anus, which pass from head, thorax, and abdomen. The foregut consists of pharynx, esophagus, crop and proventriculus and in the crop part, expansion is seen compared to other foregut parts. Midgut of T. dilaticollis is the largest part of digestion system. The anterior region of midgut is twofolds wider than the posterior region. The posterior midgut extends tubularly and it is connected to eightgastric caeca. The hindgut of T. dilaticollis consists of fourparts as pylorus, ileum, colon, and rectum. Well-developed muscle layers are found near the rectum and genital chamber. These results contribute to further studies on the ecology and biological control agents of Coleoptera and to provide a broad comparison of alimentary canal of Coleoptera species.