Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Spiracles

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2941
This term describes the openings of the tracheal systems of insects to the body surface. The shape of the posterior spiracles of fly maggots may be used for species determination (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany