Canadian Forest Service Publications
Development of grafted supernumerary legs in the house cricket, Acheta domesticus. 1969. Sahota, T.S.; Edwards, J.S. Journal of Insect Physiology 15(8): 1367-1373.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 28017
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Supernumerary leg stumps were grafted on two sites on the mesothorax of fifth instar Acheta domesticus. The grafts that survived moulting regenerated to form normal-looking legs in the adults. All the regenerates developed muscles and nerves. Only one graft produced active movements. These movements were not co-ordinated with the locomotor movements of normal legs. Thus the nerves and muscles of the graft fail to form specific connexions which are necessary for integrated locomotor movements.