n.1.The process of becoming chitinous.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Deviations of the size-mass relationship, i.e., caused by different densities of body mass could result from extraordinarily strong chitinization. occurring in several families (e.g., Atypidae, Corinnidae, Thomisidae, Araneidae, Linyphiidae, Theridiidae), or from opisthosoma content (eggs, guanine), but is expected to be low in comparison with the existing size variation.
At birth, the whitish pupa turns dark during the rapid chitinization and drops to the ground vegetation layer or snow where over-wintering and development takes place (see review in Haarlov 1964).