Opposite of teneral?

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Mon Jun 6 00:05:13 CDT 2005

Hi Ken,
I don't think post-teneral is always related to sexual maturity.  Some male
spiders wait around (literally, hang around) for the females to moult, and
the moment they do, the males are "in like Flynn" while the females are
still teneral.  Thus the epigynum and all associated organs (fertilization
canal, spermathecae, etc.) are all functional within moments of the moulting
to and adult female stage.  In the back of my head, I have it that the same
is true for some insects (I think I read it, or someone told me).

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Kinman" <kinman2 at YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2005 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: Opposite of teneral?

> 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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