Opposite of teneral?

Ken Kinman kinman2 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jun 5 22:18:05 CDT 2005


Dear All,
      Well, this terminology IS rather confusing.  On further reading, I'm now inclined to say that the opposite of teneral would be non-teneral (which seems to mean fully-sclerotized, whether it is post-teneral or sexually mature).  If only the eyes are sclerotized, the specimen would apparently still be considered teneral.  Right?

      But just how "fully" sclerotized must the body be before it is considered to be definitely post-teneral (and thus non-teneral)?  Not sure where one would draw the line when sclerotization is a very gradual (drawn-out) process.  What if the entire head is sclerotized, but not the thorax or abdomen.  Would be interested to see what the entomologists on the list say about this.
  ----Scratching my head,
                Ken




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