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The first of five moults of Forficula auricularia L. (Dermaptera: Forficulidae)

Abstract : Most studies about the European earwig Forficula auricularia L. (Dermaptera: Forficulidae) assume that four larval moults occur from hatching to adult. In this note, we use observational and quantitative approaches to reveal the presence of an additional intermediate moult occurring immediately after egg hatching. We then briefly discuss how this finding may open up new possibilities for follow-up studies to improve our general understanding of the taxonomy, biology, and evolution of this species.
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Jean-Claude Tourneur, Claire Cole, Joël Meunier. The first of five moults of Forficula auricularia L. (Dermaptera: Forficulidae). Canadian Entomologist, Cambridge University Press (CUP), In press, ⟨10.4039/tce.2020.57⟩. ⟨hal-02972486⟩

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