Morphology of spermatheca and eggs of Coptosoma putoni Montandon, 1898 (Hemiptera: Plataspidae)

Candan S., Suludere Z., ERBEY M., Yilmaz F. S.

TURKIYE ENTOMOLOJI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY, vol.36, no.3, pp.321-333, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.321-333
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Spermatheca and eggs of Coptosoma putoni Montandon, 1898 were viewed with both light and scanning electron microscopes. The egg batch characteristically has two rows of spike-shaped eggs attached to substrate, with an anterior pole bearing aero-micropylar processes always turned outward. In an egg cluster there are 13-14 eggs that average 0.81 mm in length and 0:48 mm in width. Each side of the surface of the eggs is a slight falling away.The egg surface is covered with irregular chorionic protrusions as revealed by the scanning electron microscope. Micropyles (26-29) are arranged in a circle around the operculum. The spermatheca of C. putoni is characterized by a spherical spermathecal bulb, a pumping region, pump flanges, spermathecal duct and a genital chamber with associated sclerites.