A Microscopic Study of the Bursa Copulatrix of Gonepteryx (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)

Gonepteryx속(인시목: 흰나비과) 교미낭의 미세구조에 관한 비교분석

  • Cheong, Seon-Woo (Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Changwon National University) ;
  • Lee, Chang-Eon (Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Kim, Hoon-Soo (College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University)
  • Published : 1992.10.01


Bursae copulatrix of six species of Gonepteryx were morphologically compared using a steroscopic microscope and a scaning electron microscope. As other genera of Pieridae, appendix bursae were developed in this genus and the shapes of the bursae copulatrix were different to species. However, shapes of signa were stable and were not distinct to species. On innersurfaces around ribbon-like signa, many folds were developed and most of inner-surface processes were widely distributed on the oppostie side of signa. Most of innersurface processes were spindle-like and basal ridges were developed. G. aspasia and G. taiwana were recognized as the most similar species in Gonepteryx considering shapes of bursae copulatrix and the condition of innersurface processes.