[Taxacom] have you seen a mutant insect with more than six legs?

Soowon Cho chosoowon at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 03:22:23 CDT 2012

Dear James, Ken, and others

Thank you for your information on extra-limb mutant insect. I am trying to
contact the first author of the paper Ken suggested but successful yet.

Yes, the picture sent from James is a similar one I found from a
plecopteran adult.

What I am curious about is how or why it happened
morphologically/genetically. Unfortunately I have little access to any good
source of papers or experts on this issue, mainly due to my lack of
knowledge in this area and in part limited accessibility to research papers.

In particular, I found very interesting that this three-leg mutation on
where it should be one hind leg shows one short, one medium, and one long
leg as if the three are mimicking fore-, mid-, and hind-legs.

Hopefully someone can lead me to an expert on this so that I can learn more
about it.


On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 5:23 AM, James Zahniser <zahniser at illinois.edu>wrote:

> Dear Soowon,
> I am attaching some images of a wireworm (Elateridae) larva that I
> took about 10 years ago.  I don't believe I still have the specimen,
> but it is possible that is tucked away in my freezer somewhere.  Maybe
> this is interesting to you.  I believe this is called a "teratomorph".
>  Perhaps the leg was damaged when it was developing and cause the
> "mutation"?
> Best,
> Jamie Zahniser
> On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM, Soowon Cho <chosoowon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi, members,
> >
> > I have a question on insect mutation. Have you seen an insect with more
> > than six legs? I remember a case with antennopedia but what if they have
> > two or three legs at the place where it supposed to have one leg. If it
> > happens, does anyone know what kind of gene mutation may cause this kind
> of
> > problem? Do you think there is a way of finding/confirming it by
> > sequencing/studying its DNA?
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > --
> > Soowon Cho
> > chosoowon at gmail.com
> > Dept Plant Medicine
> > Chungbuk Nat'l Univ
> > Cheongju, 361-763
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Soowon Cho
chosoowon at gmail.com
Dept Plant Medicine
Chungbuk Nat'l Univ
Cheongju, 361-763

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