The female genital structure of some Bruchidius (Coleoptera, Bruchidae) species and their systematic importance

Mergen O.

ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.71, no.2, pp.101-106, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 71 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/11250000409356559
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-106
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The structure of the female genitalia of thirteen species from the genus Brucbidius was examined. Tergum VIII and sternum IX, which include the sternal fork, spiculum ventrale and coxite, spermatheca and bursa copulatrix, were illustrated and systematic differences among them were also discussed at the species level. Although some scientists have not noted structures of the female genitalia that can be used as characters to separate species, it was found that there are several characters that can be so used for the Bruchidius studied here.