Isolation of the abdomen releases oviposition behaviour in females of the cricket, Acheta domesticus

Grant M. Carrow, Rafael de Jesus Cabeza, Glenn Flores

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Abstract

Upon isolation, abdomens of adult female house crickets (Acheta domesticus) produced abdominal and ovipositor movements characteristic of normal oviposition. Oviposition behaviour was thus released even in reproductively mature or immature virgins where under normal conditions it was never observed. Decapitation was not sufficient to release oviposition behaviour but transection of the ventral nerve cord between the thorax and the abdomen of immobilized females evoked the response. These observations indicate that the motor programmes for certain components of the oviposition sequence reside in the abdominal ganglia. Moreover, the prerequisite circuitry for ovipositional posturing of the abdomen and ovipositor appears to be functional prior to sexual maturity and insemination, primed by mating, and subject to inhibition by the thoracic ganglia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Insect Physiology
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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Acheta domesticus
Gryllidae
Oviposition
abdomen
Abdomen
oviposition
ovipositor
Ganglia
Thorax
thoracic ganglia
Decapitation
abdominal ganglia
ventral nerve cord
decapitation
Insemination
thorax
sexual maturity
insemination
immatures

Keywords

  • Acheta domesticus
  • cricket
  • descending inhibition
  • motor programme
  • Oviposition behaviour
  • ventral nerve cord transection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Physiology

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Isolation of the abdomen releases oviposition behaviour in females of the cricket, Acheta domesticus. / Carrow, Grant M.; de Jesus Cabeza, Rafael; Flores, Glenn.

In: Journal of Insect Physiology, Vol. 28, No. 5, 1982, p. 401-404.

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Carrow, Grant M. ; de Jesus Cabeza, Rafael ; Flores, Glenn. / Isolation of the abdomen releases oviposition behaviour in females of the cricket, Acheta domesticus. In: Journal of Insect Physiology. 1982 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 401-404.
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