Georgia Journal of Science


Mature larvae of Neoporus Guignot, 1931 collected from an Oklahoma stock pond and outlet stream were cultured into the adult stage, and identified as N. solitarius (Gemminger and Harold, 1868). Chaetotaxy of legs and urogomphi is comparable to that of previously described Neoporus, including secondary sensilla on the proximal urogomphal segment. Mandibular geometric parameters were as follows: MMD/ML, 0.10 ± 0.02; MBD/ML, 0.27 ± 0.03; angle of attack (AA), 46.6 ± 1.9°; lateral arc (Larc), 119.6 ± 2.9°; medial arc (Marc), 78.2 ± 5.2°. Respective cranial temporal curvature and orientation were 73.2 ± 8.6° and 13.9 ± 1.3°. Significant differences between dorsal and ventral intermandibular distances (DID = 0.71 ± 0.04 mm vs. VID = 0.49 ± 0.03 mm) appear to be major architectural and geometric features facilitating the oblique opening and closure of mandibles during prey capture and feeding.


This project was supported in part by resources provided by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Georgia College & State University. Appreciation is also extended to the late Wayne and Mary Ann Harrel for their exemplary stewardship of their farmland and their hospitality that made collection of this and other material possible.

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