The thorax musculature of Anisoptera (Insecta: Odonata) nymphs and its evolutionary relevance

Authors: 
S. Büsse, T. Hörnschemeyer
Journal: 
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013, 13:237
Year: 
2013
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Abstract: 

Among the winged insects (Pterygota) the Odonata (dragon- and damselflies) are special for several reasons. They are strictly aerial predators showing remarkable flight abilities and their thorax morphology differs significantly from that of other Pterygota in terms of the arrangement and number of muscles. Even within one individual the musculature is significantly different between the nymphal and adult stage.