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Using the Keys

  • Kenneth J. Tennessen
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Abstract

Advice on how to proceed in using the taxonomic keys to the nymphs is provided. Emphasis is placed on arriving at correct generic determinations and checking the diagnoses and illustrations to confirm identification. Variation in characters states and pitfalls of certain types of characters are explained. The importance of preparing specimens and cleaning certain specimens (both nymphs and exuviae) for examination is detailed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Tennessen
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    • 2
  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.WautomaUSA

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