• Digestive enzyme secretion during metamorphosis inOryctes rhinoceros (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

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      Coconut rhinoceros beetle; Oryctes rhinoceros ; metamorphosis; digestive enzymes

    • Abstract


      Protease, amylase, lipase and trehalase are present in the larval and adult midguts ofOryctes rhinoceros; cellulase is absent. Invertase is present only in the adult. The presence of trehalase in the pupal midgut suggests that food digestion is not the normal function of gut trehalase. Quantitative studies reveal that protease and amylase in the third instar larvae reach very low levels as the larvae become older and consume little or no food. These two enzymes are not measurable in the non-feeding prepupa and pupa and reappear in the adult with commencement of feeding. Secretion of digestive enzymes is correlated with feeding.

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      S Sreekumar1 V K K Prabhu1

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Trivandrum - 695 581, India
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